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BoatUS Foundation Online Learning Center

The BoatU.S. Foundation is an innovative leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. The Foundation provides educational outreach directly to boaters, and supports partner organizations nationwide.

Sale Extended: Take Advantage of our Special Offers for Online Courses

All of our online courses are on sale through the end of the month! Get 50% off Learn To Sail and $15 off Boating on Rivers, Locks and Lakes and Partner In Command. Sign up now and complete these online courses at your own pace, any time.


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State Boating Safety Courses

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Welcome to the Online Learning Center. The BoatUS Foundation offers the only FREE online boating safety course developed specifically for your state. The course covers a wide range of topics appropriate for all boaters - power, sail and personal water craft.

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Learn to Sail

Start sailing today!

Learning to sail is easy and fun! With this innovative online course, you will gain the knowledge to make sailing a breeze. Jump start or refresh your sailing techniques with interactive lessons from America's #1 Sailing School.

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Partner in Command

An Essential Intro for Every Crew Member

Are you a regular passenger on your family's or friend's boat? Become more confident with anchoring, signaling, handling, emergencies, first aid and much more. Learn essential information on how to assist in the safe operation of your boat.

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Boating on Rivers, Locks, and Lakes

Navigating Inland Waterways and Locks with Confidence

Learn what you must know to boat on our inland waterways with confidence and increase your fun on the water. Created in partnership with the US Power Squadrons, this course will teach boaters the ins and outs of inland boating, from reading a river to navigating locks to boating near dams. Members of the US Power Squadrons, US Coast Guard Auxiliary and Great Lakes Club are eligible for discounts in this course.

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Clean Boating Course

This course is free to everyone

As boaters, we have a close connection to the health of our waterways. Clean water is an essential part of boating. This free course will show you the simple steps you can take to reduce the impact boating activities on our waterways. Our Clean Boating Courses give loads of great tips...

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Coming Soon

Weather for Boating

Have you ever had the weather ruin your weekend on the water? What if you could anticipate the weather changes and understand what your observations really mean? From learning to recognize the early signs of changing weather to the basics of understanding storms, squalls, fog and wind shifts - our newest course from the United States Power Squadrons course will help you to make an informed decision about weather to go or stay.

To re-print certificates earned prior to August 9, 2010, select the course you took below

To access your certificate, use the email you registered with as your username & your first name as the password.



NASBLA Approved:

Our course is also recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as exceeding the minimum requirements for the National Recreational Boating Safety Program.

  • "Thank you so much Lynne!

    Great course, and so much more convenient than going at night for several nights. I love your company, and I am a loyal member. Keep up the great work, and see you on the water. ---Gene

  • "Thank you so much!

    This was a great course and I learned so much. Hope you have a great weekend!"

    ---Lindsay
  • "Thank you so much!

    You folks are so kind. Good luck with the updates and have safe boating fun this summer!"

    ---Brennan
  • "Thank you.

    The information that you gave me allowed me to complete the course. Your assistance was very much appreciated."

    -D. White




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US Power Squadrons


The US Power Squadrons is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable through teaching boaters courses and seminars covering dozens of topics.

Partner in Command - An Essential Intro to Boating for Every Crew Member


Boating on Rivers, Locks and Lakes - Navigating Inland Waterways and Locks with Confidence

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BoatU.S. Foundation

The BoatU.S. Foundation is an innovative leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. The Foundation provides educational outreach directly to boaters, and supports partner organizations nationwide.