Monday, June 22, 2009

America’s Boating Course saves boaters money!

United States Power Squadrons has made it easy to earn a boating certificate, which is necessary to boat in many states.

America’s Boating Course 3rd Edition, certified by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard, is being offered nationwide.

Completing America’s Boating Course 3rd Edition qualifies most boaters for substantial discounts on their boating insurance—which more than pays for the course!

“The course has been extensively revised and rewritten to address new technological developments and meet updated state licensing requirements,” said Bob Sweet, national educational officer of the United States Power Squadrons.

The revised course also includes a completely new Introduction to Navigation chapter as well as Basic Piloting Skills, How GPS (Global Positioning System) Works, and Basic Concepts in Coastal and Inland Navigation.

Intended for boaters who want to take educational courses at their own pace and time, America’s Boating Course can be completed on the Internet, as a CD-based course or in a classroom setting. All course takers will receive an extensive full-color book as well as an animated and narrated self-study CD. The book and CD serve as easy-to-use references after the course has been completed.

A boating certificate for successfully completing America’s Boating Course may reduce your boat insurance premium by as much as 10 percent, said Sweet. He added that some insurers offer even greater discounts for those who also complete USPS advanced courses.

Sweet urged everyone interested in saving money and being safe on the water to contact United States Power Squadrons at 866-262-8222. Online course registration for Internet courses can be found at and registration for classroom courses can be found at