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: $105.00 Location: Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington
Date and Time: Aug 3 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

America’s Boating Course®



The Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron is proudly offering the very best in safe boating education with their boating course. 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





August 3, 2024 – ABC Classroom 8:00 am – 4:30 pm


August 4, 2024 – Local Knowledge & On-the-Water Cruise 11:00 am - 3:00 pm




$105 (additional family members living in the same household can share the textbook at the discounted price of $65 each.)




Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington, 4100 Sunglow Dr., Wilmington NC 28405







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.

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