United States Power Squadrons®
Come for the Boating Education . . . Stay for the FriendsSM
South Bend Sail and Power Squadron
Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan
America's Boating Course is designed to meet the needs of the general boating public. The course will give you the knowledge to decide what type and size boat you need, what to do when meeting another boat in a crowded waterway, and how to recognize and handle hazards. Whether you are a beginning boater or are experienced on the water, you can learn from the best and become a more competent boater. Sign up for the America's Boating Course today!
Depending on your age and the type of boat you are using, you may have mandatory boating education requirements. Both Indiana and Michigan require a boating education course for certain age groups to operate motorboats or personal watercraft. If you are subject to mandatory education, you are required to carry a card evidencing your completion of a boating education course when you operate motorboats or personal watercraft. The America's Boating Course is designed to meet the boating education requirements of Michigan and Indiana, as well as most other states requiring mandatory education.
Michigan requires completion of a course to operate a personal watercraft if you were born after December 31, 1978. Michigan in addition requires anyone born after June 30, 1996 to complete a boating course before operating any boat with power of six horsepower or more. Indiana requires that anyone at least 15 years of age who does not have a valid driver's license must complete a boating education course before operating a personal watercraft or a motorboat rated at more than 10 horsepower. In addition, all individuals operating a motorboat rated at more than ten horsepower or any personal watercraft must carry a valid state ID or driver's license. Individuals less than 15 years of age may not legally operate any motorboat rated at more than 10 horsepower or a personal watercraft.
This course, which is offered as a five-week classroom course, with an optional two-week extension covering charting skills, meets the requirements of most states, including Michigan and Indiana, for mandatory boating education. When you complete the course, you will be issued a card certifying your completion of the mandatory education. The card is good for life, and need not be renewed. Most states recognize this card as evidence you have met the required education.