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
Boat Handling Course (Formerly Seamanship): Member cost: $80.00 Location: Cape Fear Community College
Date and Time: Starts August 29, 6:30-8:30 pm

Boat Handling Course

This course is the next step after completing America’s Boating Course (ABC). Although the ABC is not a prerequisite, you will expand on the fundamentals of safe boating. Or make Boat Handling the first step into building the boating skills needed to increase your confidence for safe and fun on-the-water adventures. The Student Manual includes a 200-page eBook that can be printed as desired. We'll present material applicable to both power and sail, covering such topics as:

The Boat Handling course will begin Tuesday, August 29, 2023. Classes will meet Tuesday nights for 7 weeks (through October 10) from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the downtown Cape Fear Community College Union Station Bldg. at 502 N. Front St., Room 251. Free off-street parking is available in the campus Lot L.
Boat Handling Topics:
  • Rules of the Road – A Practical Approach
  • Confidence in Docking and Undocking – Slow-Speed Maneuvering
  • Boating with Confidence – Handling Your Boat Underway
  • Anchoring with Assurance – Don’t Get Carried Away
  • Emergencies on Board – Preparation for Handling Common Problems
  • Knots and Line Handling – The Knots You Need to Know



Class dates: 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10



The course also includes an on-the-water boating demonstration planned for students with the day and time TBD.


P/C Otis White, P will be our lead instructor assisted by many of our experienced classroom instructors. Course cost is $80 (Squadron members) or $100 for non-members. Spouses and partners can take the class and share the textbook for an additional $10 ($20 non-member).








For more information, contact Meg Morrison at or Lt/C Ned Rhodes, SN 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
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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)


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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

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