Learn Boating Basics (the ABCs)

Coronavirus Update

Spring 2020 classes have been cancelled due to the COVID emergency. GBH will Refund tuition for the Walpole session. Please contact the City of Wellesley for refund there. We plan to hold the course again in fall 2020. Please click THE BUTTON or call the number AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE with questions or to be informed of the new schedule.

America’s Boating Course is available online. (NOTE: Online education is not approved for a Massachusetts Boating Safety Certificate) INFO & REGISTRATION

America’s Boating Course

Boating is fabulous family activity. But you shouldn’t leave the dock without basic boating skills. As next season approaches, be sure you have the right safety equipment, know the rules of the road, and are prepared for the unexpected. Whether you own a paddle boat, sail boat, or powerboat, this course is designed for both skippers and crew alike. The United States Power Squadrons® – America’s Boating Club® has taught basic boating courses to well over one million students!

Topics covered:

  • Boat handling
  • State and federal requirements and regulations
  • Safety equipment
  • Aids to navigation, charts and course plotting
  • Knots,
  • Marine radio use
  • Trailering
  • Personal watercraft use
  • And much more

If you are heading out on the water let us show you how to do so with skill, confidence and fun!

America’s Boating Course meets the Massachusetts requirements for a Boating Safety Certificate (In-person course only)

America's Boating Course • Spring 2020

Two Course Sessions to Choose From • Walpole or Wellesley

Tuition will be refunded to registered students.

For refund:
Wellesley Recreation Department, 781-235-2370

Joe Kelliher • 508-668-8149 •