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America's Boating Course

To celebrate 2021, Lake Murray Power Squadron will offer America's Boating Course (ABC3) free of charge in April and August to students who  borrow instead of buy an instruction manual. The 287-page, full–color manual also is available to purchase for $35.

The April class has reached capacity, but you can still register for August. This two-session course will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on August 7 and August 14 at Flotilla Island on Lake Murray, located at the end of Johnson Marina Road in Ballentine,

Register online or email Lt/C  Mike Zafoot for more information. If space allows, onsite registration will be available from 8:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. on August 7.

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 an online 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 http://www.americasboatingcourse.com.  

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 http://www.lmpsonline.org/ABCcourse.htm.

You also may e-mail Lake Murray's Educational Officer Mike Zafoot for more information.

Updated 03 March 2021
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