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If you are interested in an in-depth boating safety course, check out the in-classroom (seminar) version of the US Coast Guard Auxiliaries boating course.

This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in MA (and NH). Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete

At the successful completion and a passing grade on the exam, participants will receive a course certificate and wallet card.  Junior operator licenses will be submitted to the state that allows 12-16 years to operate a powerboat and 16-17 years old to operate jet skis.

The seminar includes a morning break, a one-hour lunch break, and a short break before the exam.

About Boating Safely.


Introduction to Boating – Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats; different uses of boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family boating basics.

Boating Law – Boat registration; boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boat law; state boating laws; personal watercraft requirements.

Boat Safety Equipment Personal flotation devices ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines and rope; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment.

Safe Boating – Bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking, undocking, and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather, and tides; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling; general water safety.

Navigation – The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC "tunnel vision."

Boating Problems – Hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground; river hazards; strainers: emergency radio calls; engine problems; equipment failures; carbon monoxide (CO); other boating and PWC problems.

Trailering, Storing, and Protecting Your Boat – Types of trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing, and towing a trailer; towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and retrieving; boat storage and theft protection; launching, retrieving and storing a PWC.

Hunting and Fishing, Water-skiing, and River Boating – Carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat; water-skiing safety guidelines and hand signals; water-skiing with a PWC; navigating rivers, and other boating tips. (Text Book Only)

Cohasset residents only.  Pre-registration is required.  The minimum age is 12 by the date of any class.  

Willcutt Commons - 91 Sohier Street.

We will follow all local, state, and federal guidelines in regards to Covid protocols.

Register Activity Ages Grades Days Date/Time Fees
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June 26 - Juniors 
12 - 17  N/A  Sa  06/26/2021
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Willcutt Commons
$50.00 R, $50.00 NR
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June 26 - Adults 
18 - 99  N/A  Sa  06/26/2021
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Willcutt Commons
$65.00 R, $65.00 NR

* Adjustments and discounts will be applied during checkout if applicable. *

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