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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 Maine currently does not require a Boating Safety Certificate to boat on Maine lakes and rivers. 

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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

Casco Bay Flotilla has 4 safe boating  courses that are offered by the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. They can be categorize as Basic, Better and Best.

Our Basic course is Introduction To Basic Boating Safety  and is a seminar held on Zoom. This course only skims through really basic boating safety information. It's a 2 night 2 hours each course. Please check our  Registration page to see when it will next be given.  https://cascobayflotilla.corsizio.com/

Our Better course is the Boat America course. If you are looking for a course that meet the State Of Maine new requirement of having a NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators) Boating Safety Certificate then this is the course for you. Depending on when it is offered this course could be a 1 session course of 8 hours, a 2 session course of 4 hours, or a 4 session course of 2 hours each. This is the only course that we offer that the State of Maine will accept for their certificate requirements. Please check our  Registration page to see when it will next be given.  https://cascobayflotilla.corsizio.com/

Our Best courses are Boating Skills and Seamanship (BS&S) and Sailing Skills & Seamanship (SS&S).  These two course 12 and 14 weeks long and contain in depth  boating safety information. Like the course title say, BS&S is a Power Boating course and SS&S is a Sailing course. Students enrolled in the SS&S course will also be enrolled in BS&S and when that is done will continue on with the Sailing part of the course. BS&S is a NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators) at the national level but is NOT recognized by the State of Maine for their boating Safety Certificate. These two courses are held in person in conjunction with Southern Maine Community College's  Business and Community Division. Please check our Registration page (https://cascobayflotilla.corsizio.com/) to see when it will given next.

Other Course  we offer:

Weekend Navigator 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 to registration for any of our courses please check our Registration page to see when they will be offered.  https://cascobayflotilla.corsizio.com/  

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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 course

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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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