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Boating safety classes

are conducted by several organizations throughout the State

of California. The largest of these organizations are the United States Coast Guard

Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadrons. The primary mission of both

organizations is to promote safety afloat through education, and you need not be a

member to take advantage of the basic instruction offered.

Introductory classes include basic information on aids to navigation, rules of the

road, charts and compasses, boating regulations, marlinespike seamanship, motor-

boat handling and trailering practices. Some Auxiliary Flotillas also offer public

courses on principles of sailing and coastal piloting. Please contact the organizations

for information.

A 24-hour, toll-free information service is available to California boaters.

The service is designed to provide boaters with up-to-date information on boating

classes offered throughout the state. This includes classes given by the U.S. Power

Squadrons, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and other local organizations such as

the American Red Cross. Callers can also request information on required and

recommended equipment, nautical rules of the road, local safety and facilities on

both coastal and inland waters.

Aquatic centers

across the state also offer boating safety classes. Courses, costs and

schedules vary. A list of aquatic centers can be found on the Division of Boating and

Waterways’ website.

For further information, contact:

Continue Your Boating

Safety Education

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Northern California:


Southern California:


California Natural Resources Agency

California State Parks



U.S. Power Squadrons

National Directory: