The USPS boating safety course, called "America's Boating Course" is offered to the general public by the Manatee Sail & Power Squadron three times a year. It uses USPS and U.S. Coast Guard approved course materials as the basis for the teaching curriculum.

The course covers topics that include boating basics such as safe boat handling, coast guard requirements for safety equipment, general guidelines of navigation and much more. It's the perfect start for inexperienced boaters and a great refresher course for those who have been boating for years. Boating in local waters is much different than rivers and lakes up north.


The Manatee Sail & Power Squadron's safe boating course is always offered as a one day course on Saturdays. Coffee and doughnuts start off the morning and lunch is provided, therefore, payment is required at pre-registration.


The course meets the State of Florida under 22 years of age boating safety certificate requirements and is designed for anyone who owns or operates a boat, or may be a passenger in a boatContact us at “” to sign up for a course.



Click on a course book to see a description of the course.

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