Classroom Courses

Classroom courses vary in length and cost, depending on the course provider. Classes offer students the chance to interact with an instructor who is an experienced boater, learn specific local boating information, and network with other boaters.

Find a classroom course near you

The class schedule (PDF) (PDF download) reflects all upcoming classes reported to State Parks from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron and independent instructors. Other certified classes may be offered, but not reflected on this schedule.

The following organizations offer boating education classroom courses.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

About Boating Safely

  • The course is 8-12 hours
  • Courses are scheduled as one full day, two half days, or one night a week for 4-7 weeks
  • Course fees vary

Boating Skills and Seamanship

  • The course is 8-13 lessons (exceeds minimum state requirements)
  • Courses are scheduled as weekly for 6-7 weeks
  • Course fees vary

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary class schedule.

U.S. Power Squadron

America's Boating Course (ABC)

  • Course fees vary by location
  • Courses are scheduled as one night per week for three or four weeks or two half-days
  • The course is eight hours

For USPS class schedules, go online or call 888-FOR-USPS.

Adventures in Boating Washington - Classroom Course

This course was developed specifically for Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Independent instructors teaching this course are certified by the agency. The Adventures in Boating Washington, A Course on Responsible Boating (PDF) manual is used in the classroom. The course covers a number of important safety topics.

The course length, date, and cost all vary depending on the independent instructor teaching the course. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission does not establish the course fees or location of the classroom. Several community colleges offer this course through their continuing education programs.