Boating Safety Course

Upcoming Courses:   


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.

Sat, April 13; Sat, June 22;

Sat, August 17

     Atlantic Highlands Senior Center 

     3 Simon Lake Drive 

     Atlantic Highlands,  NJ  07716

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or call (843) 997-4289.
Pre-Registration is required for the

About Boating Safely

This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a NJ Boating Safety Certificate. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely.  Please note that this course is a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) certified course, this is a requirement for boating in some states.

Sat, May 18;

Sat, July 20

     Eatontown Community Center 

     68 Broad St. 

     Eatontown,  NJ  07724

All classes are one full day from 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM and cost $55 including textbook & exam.  Discounts available for families, military, police, fire, & EMT.Individuals completing the course receive the NJ Boating Safety Certificate the same day after passing the test.  This certificate is required for anyone operating a powerboat or PWC.