Satisfy your North Carolina boater education requirements this May – OBX Today

(Submitted/OBX U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary)

Registration is now open for the OBX U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary “Boat America” boating safety course that will be held May 11, 2024 at the Southern Shores Fire Department from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This course satisfies North Carolina boat operator education requirements and includes the following topics:

  • Introduction to Boating – Types of boats, engines, boating terms, sailboats, paddle craft, powerboats.
  • Boating Law – Boat registration, regulations, hull identification numbers, required safety equipment, Federal boating law, state boating law, and reporting accidents.
  • Safety Equipment – Life jackets, fire extinguishers, sound-producing devices, visual distress signals, anchors, and other safety equipment.
  • Safe Operation and Navigation – Buoys and beacons, aids to navigation, navigation rules, docking, and the dangers of alcohol on the water.
  • Boating Emergencies – Hypothermia, boating accidents, man overboard, capsizing, emergency radio calls, carbon monoxide dangers, and weather.
  • Trailering – Types of trailers, lights, hitches, towing a trailer.
  • Sports and Boating – Water-skiing, hunting and hunting gear, PWC operation, and other boating tips.

All classes are taught by certified Coast Guard Auxiliary Instructors. Tuition is $30 for the 1st family member, $25 for each additional family member, and includes all materials.

All boaters born on or after January 1, 1988 who operate a motorized watercraft of 10 HP or more must have a valid NC Boater Education Card on board. If that’s you, sign up today for the one-day certified class. 

Register now during open enrollment for the Outer Banks U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Boat America Boating Safety Class. Seats are limited. 

To register, click here.