America's Boating Course is a course for all boaters (the personal watercraft
operator; the hunter or fisherman operating an outboard utility boat; the
skipper of a family cruiser; the sailing enthusiast). All boaters must follow
the same nautical rules, regulations, and courtesies of the sea. All are subject
to the same forces of nature while boating.
As boating is often a family activity, the course is of value to all members
of a boating family. USPS encourages families to attend as groups.
Qualified, enthusiastic, and experienced USPS instructors provide instruction
as a civic service. There is never a charge for instruction; the only costs are
those for materials, plus overhead costs such as classroom rental, shipping and
handling, sales tax, etc.
While the content of the student manual serves as the basis for this course,
it will also serve as a reference book in basic boating long after the course
work is completed. The course has been approved by the National Association of
State Boating Law Administrators, and meets boating license and safety
certification requirements in South Carolina. If you are unable to attend our
classroom offering, visit the
America's Boating Course website to learn how to order the CD version of the
course or to take the course online.
USPS believes that the more educated a boater becomes, the more likely that
boater will be a safe boater. America's Boating Course is the beginning of a boating
education. USPS encourages students to follow this brief and basic course with
additional boating education such as the courses offered to members of the
United States Power Squadrons. Your instructor can give you information about
these advanced courses.
Lake Murray Power Squadron also offers America's Boating Course to
residents, family and friends of specific communities and neighborhoods as part
of its Safe Boating Outreach Program. Presented in an eight-hour format, it can
be held at your local club house; just call and let us know you want to learn to
be a safe boater.
Course topics to be covered in America's Boating Course include: