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Welcome to the BoatUS Foundation Online Learning Center.

The BoatUS Foundation offers the only FREE online boating safety course developed specifically for your state. We also offer a wide range of advanced courses that will help you gain the knowledge to make you confident in any boating situation you encounter. Scroll down to learn more about the courses we offer.

Weather for Boaters

A Boaters Guide to Forecasting Winds and Storms

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.

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State Boating Safety Courses

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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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What Users are Saying:

  • "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
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    -Brennan
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