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America's Boating Club®

Come for the boating education... Stay for the friends.℠

America's Boating Club®

Birmingham Squadron

Come for the boating education...
Stay for the friends.℠

Education

One of our main goals is boating safety through education – we believe that an educated boater is a safer boater.

In addition to America’s Boating Course, we teach a series of outstanding courses that cover advanced seamanship, navigational techniques, boat handling, maintenance, and enhancement topics. We also teach shorter seminars throughout the year on various topics.

We usually schedule courses from September through May. We teach seminars throughout the year.

If any of these topics interest you, click on the schedule buttons at the top of this page for more information. We hope to see you soon!


America's Boating Course

This introductory course teaches the fundamentals of safe boat handling and operation over three 4 hour sessions, plus an optional fourth session covering charting. These sessions may be taught in a single day or over a series of weeks.

Advanced Grade Courses

These 5 courses teach skills ranging from safe boat handling through ocean-going celestial navigation, to increase your skills as a boater. They are designed to be taken in sequence, because each builds on skills and knowledge taught in the previous courses. The courses are:

Seamanship Piloting Advanced Piloting
Junior Navigation Navigation

Elective Courses

These 8 courses cover separate and independent topics and therefore may be taken in any order according to a person's interests and time.

Marine Communications Systems Cruise Planning Sail
Marine Electrical Systems Instructor Development Weather
Electronic Navigation Engine Maintenance

Seminars

Short (2-4 hour) classes that cover diverse topics such as Trailering, VHF Radio, Radar, and Paddle Craft. Seminars are scheduled periodically based on interest and availability, so check back often for updates.

CPR/AED & First Aid Training

This 8-hour course teaches the proper technique for performing CPR on adults, children, and infants; safe and effective utilization of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs); and essential first aid skills. Passing this course awards a 2-year certification from the American Heart Association.


Certifications

  • The grade of Senior Navigator (SN) is given to those who have completed all of the Advanced Grade courses and at least 6 Elective courses.
  • Boat Operator's Certification (BOC) is given to those who have completed a combination of on-the-water demonstrated abilities in addition to applicable Seminars and other skills, such as extinguishing fires and CPR.
    The BOC levels are Inland Navigation, Coastal Navigation and Advanced Coastal Navigation.
    See www.usps.org/eddept/boc for more details.