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A Boater Education Course Certificate Will Be Required To Operate Motor Boats On Maine's Lakes And Rivers Starting 1 January 2024

This requirement will apply to person born on or after 1 January 1999

For more information please click on this link

About Our Courses


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Promoting  Boating Safety is the job of the

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

For Portland, Maine and Surrounding Areas

The Casco Bay Flotilla presents courses that are offered by the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. We do this in conjunction with Southern Maine Community College's Business and Community Division. Our classes at this time are offered through the college in February. You can register online for these course. If you are looking for a course that is not in the Portland, Maine area Click Here.


For in person classes at SMCC students must provide proof of receipt of at least one dose of a vaccination prior to attending their first in-person class and provide proof of any required second dose by the start of the following semester.  

Fall Semester we offer:

Boating Skills and Seamanship in person SMCC

Weekend Navigator on Zoom

Introduction To Basic Boating Safety Seminar On Zoom

Suddenly In Command Seminar On Zoom

Paddler's Guide To Safety Seminar on Zoom 

Spring Semester we offer:

Boating Skills and Seamanship in person SMCC

Sailing Skills & Seamanship in person SMCC

 Weekend Navigator on Zoom

Introduction To Boating Safety Seminar On Zoom

Navigation Rules Lite (Expanded) Seminar On Zoom

Suddenly In Command Seminar On Zoom

Paddler's Guide To Safety Seminar on Zoom 

For a complete list of what is being offered and registration link please use menu item "Course Start Dates"

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Please Note: "In the event of a cancellation of one or more public education classes, due to circumstances beyond the control of the Casco Bay Flotilla, a good faith effort will be made to make up those classes missed or cancelled. If necessary, at our discretion, we may be forced to cancel the course completely. However, in no event will there be any refunds of all or part of the tuition."

To receive more information or to ask questions about our courses click on this link Flotilla Staff Officer Public Education.

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"Modern Navigation"

For information about a Coast Guard Auxiliary/Boat US online course called "Modern Navigation" Click Here.

If you choose to pursue this course please use our Promo Code on the page to receive a 10% discount ($4 off) for the course.

Please remember there is nothing like in class learning with a real in person instructor that you would get with our Weekend Navigator.

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Vessel Identification Stickers for Canoe, Kayak, Rowboat or Paddle Boards

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For more information and to request a sticker please click here. This is a PDF 5 slide presentation.  Last slide has order information.

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"Can You Hear Me?"

  VHF/DSC Marine Radio Tutorial

FROM THE Boat U.S. Foundation's Website

Click Here For the Tutorial

Click Here for information on getting a  FREE MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Identity)

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.                 . . Think! . . . . . . . . Before You Drink . . . . . . . . . Be                 A Responsible Boat Operator . . . . . . . . . . .Take A Boating                 Safety Course . . . . . .

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Or Click Here  to find a Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla near you.

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