Public Education

America’s Boating Course (ABC3)

Lambs Yacht Center (second floor) 3376 Lake Shore Blvd, Jacksonville , 32210 (See Class Flyer)

(North side of Ortega River, West of Roosevelt Blvd/US 17)

Topics covered include: boat & PWC handling, docking, anchoring, trailering, knots, navigation aids & rules, VHF radio, adverse conditions and emergencies.

The $20 course fee includes a 244 page illustrated book, CD, & proctored exam.

This course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and recognized by the United States Coast Guard and State of Florida. After passing the class you will receive your State of Florida Certification Card.

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Information contact:

Lt/C Tom Anderson, SN-CN

Squadron Educational Officer


More Info:

This is a one day class lasting until about 5:00 pm.

Some drinks will be provided.

Bring a sack lunch as the lunch break will only be 30 minutes. Class qualifies those who complete the exam for a Florida State Boating ID Card.

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America’s Boating Course – 3rd Edition is all new with a completely updated manual, outstanding graphics, and two bonus computer disks. The course manual is divided into five chapters. The first four cover the required topics that all recreational boaters must know. In addition to the rules of the road, the four chapters cover the various types of boats, required safety equipment, navigation aids, lights and sounds, anchoring, communications afloat, adverse conditions, water sports safety, trailering, personal water craft safety, and knots and lines. The fifth chapter provides an introduction to digital charts and GPS waypoint navigation, a key skill for boating on larger lakes and rivers and coastal waters. This optional fifth chapter provides the background for additional classes in the art of navigation.

ABC3 is approved by, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), is also recognized by the United States Coast Guard, and is accepted by most states as meeting their requirements for getting a safety certificate, required in most states for operation of a water craft. This is our primary civic effort toward public instruction in the fundamentals of safe boating. Courses are designed to familiarize the student with the fundamentals of safe boating and qualify for certification in most states that require boating education before operating a watercraft. Boaters who successfully complete this course qualify for the boating safety education ID Card issued by the Florida FWC and names are automatically forward to the FWC.