Boating Education Courses

Participation in a boating education course will teach how to properly operate and maintain a boat. Laws, responsibilities and personal safety will also be covered. Passage of a final exam is required. You must attend every day of the class in order to receive your certificate.

Note: Persons 16 years of age and under 18 years of age MAY NOT operate a personal watercraft unless they possess on their person, identification showing proof of age and proof of successful completion of a boating safety course unless they are accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older who physically occupies the personal watercraft.

Total Course = 6 Hours

  • Proper Operation & Safety (Boating Handling-Equipment-Trailering) = 3 Hours
  • Laws = 30 Minutes
  • Emergencies & Survival (cold water) = 40 Minutes
  • Self Help First Aid = 20 Minutes
  • Environment/Ethics = 1 1/2 Hours

New courses will be posted below as they become available.

Can't find a course for your area? Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.

America's Boating Education Online Course can be taken in any of three ways: on the Internet, by studying an 80-page course manual or with a CD. No matter how you like to learn, when you sign up you'll receive a complete package which includes the course manual, the boating course CD, and a PIN number giving you access to the Internet course. An in-person exam and course fee are required to complete this course.

The America's Boating Education Course is the only online course recognized by the Department at this time.

Androscoggin County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Poland - Ricker Memorial Library
RSU 16 Adult Ed
(207) 345-3217
May 23, 2015
9 - 4 p.m.
Aroostook County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
Cumberland County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Portland - Yacht Services Tom Russell
(207) 774-1067 ext 245
March 14, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Portland - Yacht Services Tom Russell
(207) 774-1067 ext 245
April 18, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Portland - Yacht Services Tom Russell
(207) 774-1067 ext 245
May 23, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Portland - Yacht Services Tom Russell
(207) 774-1067 ext 245
June 13, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Portland - Yacht Services Tom Russell
(207) 774-1067 ext 245
July 11, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Franklin County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
Hancock County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
Kennebec County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Augusta - Civic Center
Town Square Media - Denise Jones
(207) 623-4735 or
register online.
March 14, 2015
10 - 4 p.m.
Knox County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Hope - Beaver Lodge 5 Towns Adult Ed
(207) 236-7800 ext 274
or register online.
May 20 & 27, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
Lincoln County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
Oxford County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
Penobscot County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
 
Piscataquis County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
Sagadahoc County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
Somerset County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
Waldo County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Unity - Unity college Center for Perfroming Arts RSU#3 Adult Ed
(207) 568-3426
or register online.
April 7 & 14, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
Washington County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
York County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Acton - Town Hall, Route 109
Bob Anderson
(207) 477-8588
April 11, 2015
7 - 2 p.m.
Acton - Town Hall, Route 109 Bob Anderson
(207) 477-8588
July 11, 2015
7 - 2 p.m.
Acton - Town Hall, Route 109 Bob Anderson
(207) 477-8588
September 26, 2015
7 - 2 p.m.

Squadron: Penobscot Bay District 19
Dover-Foxcroft
February 24, 2015 @ 6 p.m.
Registration: Call Scott Miller @ (207) 374-2003 or email scott@ustiger.net

Squadron: Wawenock District 19
BrunswickHigh School
March 3, 2015 @ 6:30 p.m.
Registration: Call John McMullen @ (207) 433-7848 or email postms@comcast.net

Squadron: Wawenock District 19
Camden Hills Regional High School
March 24, 2015 @ 6:30 p.m.
Registration: Call John McMullen @ (207) 433-7848 or email postms@comcast.net

Squadron: Penobscot Bay District 19
Ellsworth Elementary/Middle School
April 1, 2015 @ 6 p.m.
Registration: Call Scott Miller @ (207) 374-2003 or email scott@ustiger.net

Squadron: Wawenock District 19
Great Salt Bay Elementary School, Damariscotta
April 28, 2015 @ 6:30 p.m.
Registration: Call John McMullen @ (207) 433-7848 or email postms@comcast.net

Paddlesports Safety Online Please Note: This course is NOT approved to replace a NASBLA approved boat operator course. View the Paddlesports Safety Flier.