Boating Safety Courses

Beginner and Experienced Boaters Learn Here

Basic Boating Safety

"The most comprehensive boating course available" - US Coast Guard

An instructor-led beginner boating course, this course and final exam will give you the knowledge and confidence needed to obtain your boat license in many states. Recognized by many boat insurance providers, the safety certification will qualify you for boat insurance discounts. Ask your agent today about the benefits of this well known certification!

Course Topics

  • Types of boats and engines
  • Trailering, fueling
  • Navigation rules
  • Basic Rules of The Road
  • Navigation Aids
  • Lights and sound signals
  • Boat handling, anchoring
  • Required equipment, life jackets
  • Emergencies, adverse conditions
  • Government regulations

..... and more

  • This course is 8 class-hours of personal instruction by Las Vegas Sail and Power Squadron certified instructors.
  • Each boater receives a new course book and handouts to keep.
  • This course meets Nevada's mandatory boating safety education law.
  • Continued education for Basic Boating Safety and support from this Squadron is available after you complete this course.

COST: Minimal cost

For course registration and next class date, call us at 775-419-2460

Boat Handling

After the Basic Boating Safety course, Boat Handling is the next step to building boating confidence and competence for safe and fun on-the-water adventures. Boat Handling presents material applicable to both power and sail, many important safety related topics are covered. We'll also discuss boating in the waters of Canada and Mexico, the effects of weather on the boater’s health, and general information on obtaining a US Coast Guard captain’s license.

Course Topics

  • Preparation, before you go out
  • Hull and propulsion system characteristics
  • Slow speed maneuvering
  • Boat handling when underway
  • Rules of The Road
  • Anchoring, mooring, rafting
  • Emergencies on the water
  • Marlinspike (lines and knots)
  • This course is 12 class-hours of personal instruction by Las Vegas Sail and Power Squadron certified instructors.
  • Each boater receives a new course book and handouts to keep.
  • Continued education for Boat Handling and support from this Squadron is available after you complete this course.

COST: Minimal cost

For course registration and next class date, call us at 775-419-2460

Marine Navigation

This course follows Boat Handling in the sequence of United States Power Squadrons courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on navigation challenges for recreational boaters and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool, however traditional techniques are practiced so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through hands-on practice and learning.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to navigation
  • Tools for piloting
  • Plotting, route planning
  • Using a compass
  • Basic GPS navigation
  • Monitoring progress
  • Piloting without a GPS

... and more

  • This course is 40 class-hours of personal instruction by Las Vegas Sail and Power Squadron certified instructors.
  • Each boater receives a new course books, plotting tools, and handouts to keep.
  • Continued education for Marine Navigation and support from this Squadron is available after you complete this course.

COST: Minimal cost

For course registration and next class date, call us at 775-419-2460

Advanced marine navigation


  • This course is 24 class-hours of personal instruction by Las Vegas Sail and Power Squadron certified instructors.
  • Each boater receives a new course book and handouts to keep.
  • Continued education for Advanced Marine Navigation and support from this Squadron is available after you complete this course.

COST: Minimal cost

For course registration and next class date, call us at 775-419-2460

offshore Navigation


  • This course is 29 class-hours of personal instruction by Las Vegas Sail and Power Squadron certified instructors.
  • Each boater receives a new course book and handouts to keep.
  • Continued education for Offshore Navigation and support from this Squadron is available after you complete this course.

COST: Minimal cost

For course registration and next class date, call us at 775-419-2460

celestial navigation


  • This Celestial Navigation course is 33 class-hours of personal instruction by Las Vegas Sail and Power Squadron certified instructors.
  • Each boater receives a new course book and handouts to keep.
  • Continued education for Celestial Navigation and support from this Squadron is available after you complete this course.

COST: Minimal cost

For course registration and next class date, call us at 775-419-2460

electronic navigation

COST: Minimal cost. Please CLICK-TAP HERE to contact this Squadron for course registration and details

ENGINE MAINTENANCE

COST: Minimal cost. Please CLICK-TAP HERE to contact this Squadron for course registration and details

MARINE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

COST: Minimal cost. Please CLICK-TAP HERE to contact this Squadron for course registration and details

MARINE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

COST: Minimal cost. Please CLICK-TAP HERE to contact this Squadron for course registration and details

WEATHER


  • This Weather course is 20 to 22 class-hours of personal instruction by Las Vegas Sail and Power Squadron certified instructors.
  • Each boater receives a new course book and handouts to keep.
  • Continued education for Weather and support from this Squadron is available after completing this course.

COST: Minimal cost

For course registration and next class date, call us at 775-419-2460

SAIL


  • This Sail course is 18 to 20 class-hours of personal instruction by Las Vegas Sail and Power Squadron certified instructors.
  • Each boater receives a new course book and handouts to keep.
  • Continued education for Sail and support from this Squadron is available after you complete this course.

COST: Minimal cost

For course registration and next class date, call us at 775-419-2460

CRUISING AND CRUISE PLANNING

COST: Minimal cost. Please CLICK-TAP HERE to contact this Squadron for course registration and details

USPS CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT

USPS CERTIFIED VESSEL SAFETY EXAMINER (VSE) DEVELOPMENT

These premier Boating Safety and confidence building courses are offered year-round

Call the Las Vegas Sail and Power Squadron today for the next course schedule!

775-419-2460