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America's Boating Course

A full 8-hour course filled with all the information your family will need for a fun and safe boating season.


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Due to the Coronavirus concerns, we have re-scheduled this event to the Fall.


This event is now scheduled for four consecutive Monday nights starting on September 21st.


MON. Sept. 21, 2020

Class: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Registration begins: 6:30 am

Fee: Absolutely FREE!

Bring your friends and family to share in the fun!

CSPS Headquarters
8492 Cotter Street
Lewis Center, OH 43035

America's Boating Course

Learn the fundamentals of safe boat handling and operation plus basic piloting in this comprehensive classroom course. This newly-revised course will give you the basics of line throwing, knot tying, boat handling, anchoring, navigation rules and aids, emergencies on the water and more.

Instructors have many years of boating experience shared between inland waters and Lake Erie. An Ohio Department of Natural Resources officer will present Ohio laws and rules.

Completion of this course qualifies you for the opportunity to take our advanced courses.

With the successful completion of our ABC course, you receive your operating license and certificate of safe boating from the State of Ohio. 

America's Boating Course - 3rd Edition (ABC3)

Member/Nonmember Fee: Compliments of Judith A. Lowe Education Fund
A $50 value
Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Drinks: $ 0

Course Covers:

  • Required Safety Equipment

  • Navigation Rules & Aids

  • Finding Your Way

  • Marlinspike (Knots!)

  • Registration & Ohio Department of Watercraft Regulations

  • Trailering

  • Anchoring

  • Communications Afloat

  • Lights and Sound Signals


Our ABC course covers four crucial stages

Chapter 1:

  • Getting Started – nautical terms

  • Required Safety Equipment – life jackets, fire extinguishers

  • Going Boating – fueling, casting off, underway

Chapter 2:

  • Navigation Rules

  • Navigation Aids

  • Lights and Sound signals

  • Government Regulations

  • State and local Regulations

Chapter 3:

  • Finding Your Way – nautical charts, electronic navigation

  • Anchoring

  • Adverse Conditions and Emergencies

  • Communication Afloat

Chapter 4:

  • Water Sports Safety – water skiing, hunting/fishing, paddling

  • Trailering

  • PWC Operation

  • Knots and Lines


Course completion qualifies you for the following:

  • Operator Permit License from the State of Ohio

  • FREE membership in the Power Squadron for 6 months

  • Ability to take advanced courses

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8492 Cotter Street • Lewis Center, Ohio 43035 • 614.384.0245 • cspsboater@gmail.com
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