Americas Boating Course is a course for all boaters including personal watercraft operators; hunters or fishermen operating an outboard utility boat; canoe and kayak paddlers; skippers of a family cruiser; and sailing enthusiasts. All boaters must follow the same nautical rules, regulations, and courtesies of the sea. The course includes three main sections:
Getting Started: boat terms and types, boat handling, anchoring, water sport safety, personal watercraft
What's Needed: equipment, regulations, law enforcement
Rules To Live By: aids to navigation, navigation rules, adverse conditions, marine radios
As boating is often a family activity, the course is of value to all members of a boating family. USPS encourages families to attend as groups.