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Public Education is a cornerstone activity (another is a Vessel Safety Check) of the Auxiliary to promote safe boating practices. Members of Flotilla 10-1 conduct boating safety classes in the spring and occassionally in the fall. For more information, please contact our Flotilla Staff Officer, Public Education (FSO-PE):

Robert "Bob" Bentley, FSO-PE

"ABOUT BOATING SAFELY" About Boating Safely logo
This course is NASBLA-approved1. We may conduct the class in one 8-hour full session or in 5 2-hour sessions. A 50-question test follows the class. A certificate and wallet card are awarded for a passing grade (learn more). The cost is $45.00 which includes text, testing and certificate of completion

MASSACHUSETTS students between the ages of 12 and 15, must complete an additional 10-question test immediately upon completion of the About Boating Safely class. All test material is discussed in the class. The completed test is signed by the Flotilla Commander and then must be submitted to the Massachusetts Environmental Police by the student's parents.

All of our classes are held at this location:

  • UMass South Street Campus, 333 South St, Shrewsbury, MA

More classes are available across New England and listed in the Auxiliary's District 1NR web site (learn more).

Massachussetts Boating Law

The state of Massachusetts requires a vessel operator to successfully complete an approved basic boating class under these circumstances (learn more):

  • Youth who are between 12 and 15 years of age must complete the class in order to operate a motorboat without adult supervision. Students must possess their issued "boating safety certificate" when underway.
  • Personal watercraft operators who are 16 or 17 years of age must complete a boating course. (Youth less than 16 years of age are not allowed to operate personal watercraft.)

On-line Specialty Courses

The BoatUS Foundation and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary present Modern Marine Navigation.
Modern Marine Navigation will help improve your navigational skills in the convenience of your home. You will learn the basics of plotting, reading charts, identifying Aids to Navigation (ATONs) and using them to find your way on the water as well as an introduction to electronic navigation all presented online where you can study at your pace.

Topics include: Navigation Charting, Dead Reckoning, Plotting Positions, Electronic Navigation, and Safe Planning Practices.

The cost $40.00. Save 10% off the cost if you enter the USCG Auxiliary Flotilla Number "0131001" when prompted.

1 NASBLA is "a national nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety." A NASBLA-approved class is the MINIMUM requirement for 42 of 50 states to operate a recreational boat (learn more).

For more information about Massachusetts boating laws, consult the Massachusetts Environmental Police, Boat and Recreation Vehicle Safety Bureau (learn more) and their Boating Education Program (learn more).

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