Boating Safety

Participation in a boating education course will teach how to properly operate and maintain a boat. There are a few options of course types to choose from. NASBLA approved online courses that are recognized in Maine are available as well as classroom courses.

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 NASBLA approved boating safety course unless they are accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older who physically occupies the personal watercraft.

Online Boating Courses

These online courses are approved by NASBLA and are recognized in the state of Maine.

America's Boating Education Course This course can be completed 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. This course requires successfully completing the final exam online. There is a fee to complete this course.

BoatUS Foundation Online Course This is a free course that can be completed online by participating in six lessons and successfully completing the final exam. Choose when and where to take your course. Take it on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone.

Paddlesports Safety Online - Please Note: This course is NOT approved to replace a NASBLA approved boat operator course. This is an optional safety program specific to paddlesports. View the Paddlesports Safety Flier (PDF).

Classroom Courses

Passage of a final exam is required. You must attend every day of the class in order to receive your certificate.

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

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.

When registering either by telephone or email, please be sure to include your full name, telephone number, and which course, date and location you are signing up for.

New courses will be posted below as they become available.

Current Courses

County Location Contact Date/Time Info
Kennebec Winthrop - Winthrop Fire Station Andy Wess - (207) 215-5074 or ShereeandAndy@gmail.com December 10 & 17, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cumberland Portland - Portland Yacht Services Tom Russell - (207) 774-1067x7 or marina@portlandyacht.com March 14, 8am-3:30pm
Cumberland Portland - Portland Yacht Services Tom Russell - (207) 774-1067x7 or marina@portlandyacht.com April 19, 8am-3:30pm
Cumberland Portland - Portland Yacht Services Tom Russell - (207) 774-1067x7 or marina@portlandyacht.com May 23, 8am-3:30pm
Cumberland Portland - Portland Yacht Services Tom Russell - (207) 774-1067x7 or marina@portlandyacht.com June 13, 8am-3:30pm
Cumberland Portland - Portland Yacht Services Tom Russell - (207) 774-1067x7 or marina@portlandyacht.com July 18, 8am-3:30pm
Penobscot Surry - Surry Fire Department D. Scott Miller - 207-374-2003 or scott@ustiger.net January 11, 8am-5pm

Squadron: Penobscot Bay District: 19 Non-Member Price: $36 The price includes $26 for the course book (which may be shared) and $10 for the Squadron. Bring a lunch.

Penobscot Dover-Foxcroft - Penquis Higher Ed. Center Dan Seneca - 207-564-7369 or danseneca@yahoo.com Feburary 18, 6:30pm

Squadron: Penobscot Bay District: 19 Non-Member Price: $41 The price includes $26 for the book (may be shared), $10 for the Squadron, $5 for PVAEC..

Penobscot Hampden - Hampden Academy David Field - 207-862-3674 or meeser3@roadrunner.com February 26, 6:30pm

Squadron: Penobscot Bay District: 19 Non-Member Price: $46 The price includes $26 for the book (may be shared), $10 for the Squadron, $10 for the school. Must pre-register with RSU22 Adult Ed., Hampden Academy by check or at http//orono-hampden.maineadulted.org by credit card.

Cumberland Brunswick - Brunswick High School Merrymeeting Adult Education - (207) 729-7323 or adulted@link75.org March 3, 6:30p

Squadron: Wawenock District: 19 - The fee for the course includes the instruction manual and is $70 for individuals or $95 for couples sharing materials. Two people from the same address may share materials.

Lincoln Boothbay - Boothbay Region YMCA Rob Whitehouse - (207) 208-7343 or WhitehouseUSPS@gmail.com April 25, 8am-5pm

Squadron: Wawenock District: 19 - The fee for the course is $77 for individuals or $102 for couples sharing materials. (Two people from the same address may share materials.)