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America's Boating Course

The America's Boating Course will be offered as a two-class session on 27 July and 3 August at Flotilla Island on Lake Murray. Flotilla Island is located at the end of Johnson Marina Road, between Ballentine and Chapin, S.C. Materials for the class are $40. Cost is $50 per couple if you share the materials. Please note the class is limited to 20 participants.

Register online or email Lt/C  Howard Pendley, SN for more information. Onsite registration also will be offered from 8:30 until 9 a.m. on the first day of class. The class is  taught from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., with a review prior to the exam on day two.

The course is open to the public and covers all types of boats and boating on inland and coastal waters. The instructional material is produced by the United States Power Squadrons® and is presented by members of Lake Murray Power Squadron.

America's Boating Course provides students with all the information required by federal and state boating laws and regulations. Completion of the course meets educational requirements for boat operation in all states and qualifies youths under age 16 to operate watercraft of more than 15 horsepower without adult supervision. Course graduates also may qualify for discounts on boat insurance.

 Topics covered include types of boats, required safety equipment, Navigational Rules of the Road, aids to navigation, boat registration, safety procedures, finding your way, electronic navigation, anchoring, adverse conditions, communications afloat, and knots and lines. For details, click here.

Lake Murray Power Squadron's certified instructors meet the requirements of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

Unable to Attend Scheduled Classes

If you are unable to attend a scheduled class or if you would prefer to take a self-study course, America’s Boating Course is available as a CD ROM course that you take at your own pace. Once you complete the course work, just contact Lake Murray Power Squadron to schedule the exam. For more information, please visit and click on America’s Boating Course under General Information.  

The squadron also offers America's Boating Course as part of the Lake Murray Power Squadron's 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. For details about America's Boating Course, visit

You also may e-mail Lake Murray's Educational Officer Howard Pendley, SN for more information.

Updated 25 May 2019
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