Public Boating Courses


Your source for world-class boating education For Boaters, By Boaters®.  A variety of public boating courses are offered by the Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron.

Start with the America's Boating Course® which covers the basics of boating and meets the certification requirements in North Carolina for those under age 26. Please see below or click here for additional information on other classes.



Course Description
ABC Class: - cost: $85.00 Location: Cape Fear Community College
Date and Time: 8/5 & 8/6

America’s Boating Course®



The Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron is proudly offering the very best in safe boating education with their boating course which will be offered at the Cape Fear Community College. The course is centered around the 8-hour America’s Boating Course® offered on a single Saturday (8:00 am – 4:30 pm). This class is NASBLA-approved and USCG-recognized and will satisfy NC safe boating requirements for anyone under 26 years of age.



For new boaters or boaters new to the Cape Fear coastal area we have expanded the program to include our exclusive “Local Knowledge” combined with our 3.5-hour "On-the-Water" teaching cruise on the following Sunday (free parking on the streets of Wilmington).  We'll address the challenges and complexities of boating in our local coastal environment where we'll "tie" everything together. However, you do not have to own a boat to attend. 






Topics include:


  • Required Safety Equipment
  • Navigation Rules & Aids
  • Finding Your Way
  • Marlinspike (knots)
  • Trailering
  • Anchoring
  • Communications Afloat
  • Lights and Sound Signals





Aug 5, 2023 – ABC Classroom Cape Fear Community College 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Aug 6, 2023 – Local Knowledge & On-the-Water Cruise (time TBD)




$85 (additional family members living in the same household can share the textbook at the discounted price of $50 each.)




Cape Fear Community College, Union Station Building - free campus parking.










If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:


1/Lt Meg Morrison, JN ASEO at


Photos will be taken at this class for publication in the Foghorn and Squadron website. If you do not wish to have your photo taken, please sign the Opt-Out sheet at this class.

America’s Boating Club® and logo are trademarks of the United States Power Squadrons®

Online Boating Courses: Location: Online
Date and Time:




Seminars make it easy for you to acquire or update your knowledge and skills about specific topics in a short period of time, typically 2 hours.


Live webinars are a great way for instructors and students to meet in a virtual classroom.


We offer you the opportunity to take online boating courses, seminars, and webinars. Prices and the length of the classes vary.






Members get 25% off public price!







Boat Handling Course (Seamanship)


Cruising Boats and Systems


Use Your GPS Like an Expert


Boat Safely With AIS Marine Electronics


Cruise Planning


Ocean Waves


Learn to Forecast the Weather


Thunderstorms & Severe Weather


Ocean Currents & Computer Navigation


Choosing and using a VHF radio for your boat







If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:


Lt/C Ned Rhodes, SN SEO at, or


1/Lt Meg Morrison, JN ASEO at

America’s Boating Club® and logo are trademarks of the United States Power Squadrons®

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