Boating Classes


Wisconsin state law requires anyone born after 1988 to take
a DNR-certified safe boating class to be able to operate a motorboat. 

People age 12-16 may only operate a motorboat if they have completed the boating safety course or are accompanied by a parent or guardian.  People age 10-11 may only operate a motorboat if accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Everyone must carry their Boater Education Card with them when boating.

During the springtime, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers several DNR-certified boating safety classes in South-Central Wisconsin.  Our 8-hour classes are taught at various locations from Beloit to Castle Rock, with most in the Madison and Janesville areas. 

Our classes are usually 1 day long, or occasionally 2-3 weekday evenings.  Different instructors teach a variety of topics, some of which have hands-on activities.  The cost includes textbook, lunch, snacks, and DNR certification.  Discounts are applied to multi-member families taking the class.

Our boating safety classes are entitled About Boating Safely (ABS).  Find a class near you by clicking here and entering your zip code.  A flier will provide all the details, and a map will show the location.


Check back to the Boating Courses page periodically to find other courses in our area that might be of interest to you.  Occasionally, we have seminars on GPS, DSC (digital selective calling) radios, chart-plotting, etc.

DSC radios are becoming more popular.  BUT they won't work for you unless you do 2 things:
      1)  register the radio to get an MMSI number, AND
      2)  connect it to your GPS unit