If you are a beginning boater, you might want to start with America's Boating Course (ABC). ABC will also fulfill your state's requirement for an approved boating course so you can legally operate a boat.
(All skippers in NC born on or after January 1, 1988 must pass a “National Association of State Boating Law Administrators” (NASBLA) certified class in order to legally operate a vessel of 10HP or greater on Lake Norman or other NC waters.)
America's Boating Course provides you with basic boating knowledge to decide what type and size boat you need, what to do when meeting another boat in a crowded waterway, and how to recognize and handle hazards. Become a more competent boater, learn from the best, and enroll in America's Boating Course today.
Thiis course is offered as a classroom course. Successful completion meets the boating education requirements for operator permits of licensure in most states.
Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete America's Boating Course. And, this course provides a sound basis for continuing your recreational boating education.
Types of boats and their uses
Boating laws, both federal and state
Safety equipment, both required and recommended
Finding your way, and adverse conditions
Trailering, knots and lines, and water sports topics
Optionally, introduction to electronic navigation using paper charts and chartplotters