Boating Safety Course

Boating Safety Course Offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

bannerU.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boating courses provide instruction to boaters at all levels, from the fundamental to the advanced. Our classes are taught by experienced and knowledgeable instructors committed to the highest standards of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The premier boating safety course, Boating Skills and Seamanship, will be taught by qualified members of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary in the Outer Banks beginning February 26, 2015. The course offered on Thursday and Friday nights at the Pitts Center in Southern Shores from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., ends March 27 with review and exam that provides the participant with National Association of State Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved and USCG recognized certification.

The course teaches boating’s rules of the road, charts and navigation, boat characteristics, weather, radio communication, required safety equipment, North Carolina Rules and Regulations, and much more. Skilled members of the Outer Banks Flotilla of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary teach the courses bringing hands on learning, local knowledge, and unique perspective to their instruction. Tuition is $50 and includes the textbook and all course materials. Couples, who register together are charged a total of $70. Discounts are available for multiple family members.

To register or for more information call Karyn Marra 252-261-2923 or email

The United States Coast Guard reports; “An untrained boater is five times more likely to die in a boating accident than a boater who has taken a boating safety course in the last 10 years.” The effectiveness of this course is shown by the insurance companies who offer a 10% – 15% discount to owners with a certificate of completion from this course.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer unit of the US Coast Guard, missioned to promote public boating safety. Trained with the same methods and procedures as their military partners, flotilla members spend thousands of hours on local waters conducting safety patrols, search and rescue, and training and support for Coast Guard Oregon Inlet and Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City. The Boating Skills and Seamanship course will introduce you to our members and our mission.