An online (virtual) course designed for all boaters, including paddle boaters, sail boaters, power boaters, those who fish and those who enjoy personal watercraft. The course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and recognized by the United States Coast Guard. It meets Pennsylvania’s requirements to obtain a Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificate. All sessions will be recorded for student review. The course will be presented by America’s Boating Club Valley Forge.

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Time: 8 hours + exam

Cost: $60 per person

Location: online

Class sessions:

Tuesday June 15, Thursday June 17, Tuesday June 22, Thursday June 24

Each session (7 – 9 PM)

Online exam:

Tuesday June 29 (7 – 9 PM)

Successful completion of the online, proctored exam is required to receive a Pennsylvania Education Certificate.

Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificates are required to operate a personal watercraft and for persons born on or after January 1, 1982, to operate boats powered by motors greater than 25 horsepower

Enrollment Deadline:

Friday, June 11, 2021

What is included?

  • Types of boats and their uses
  • Boating laws, both federal and state
  • Safety equipment, both required and recommended
  • Finding your way, and adverse conditions
  • Communications
  • Trailering, knots and lines, and water sports topics
  • Optionally, introduction to electronic navigation using paper charts and chart plotters


  • Meets the Pennsylvania requirements for obtaining the PA boating education certificate.
  • Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete America's Boating Course.
  • This course provides a sound basis for continuing your recreational boating education.


To enroll in the Virtual America’s Boating Course please:

  1. Follow the link below to the ABC Boating Course questionnaire and fill it out carefully. We need the information to register you in the course and to submit to Pennsylvania to enable you to obtain the PA boating education certificate upon your passing the exam. Be sure to follow the instructions on how to submit the questionnaire.

    Click here to download the online questionnaire.

  2. Click on the link to pay for the course using either PayPal or a credit card. You will receive an emailed receipt showing $60.00 payment to "Mainline Sail and Power Squadron."

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to send an email to

After having enrolled you will be sent, within approximately 24 hours, a link to the America’s Boating Course Student Manual eBook. It will be an important aid to your learning. The link to the online course and instructions on how to log in will be included.

Deadline to enroll is Friday, 6/11/2021