About Boating Safely Classes

The Kodiak CG Auxiliary is now offering

About Boating Safely Classes.

The ABS class covers the basics of boating safety (see list of topics covered, below). This 8-hour class is a valuable tool for all recreational boaters in view of the fact that 63% of all boating accidents are caused by human error.The current cost for the ABS class is $50 which includes the course materials. If you are a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, you will receive a discount on the cost of the class. For those eligible to rent boats from the Morale, Welfare and Recreation boat house, the Kodiak MWR requires the ABS certification before renting a boat and will deduct the cost of the class from your first boat rental.  Classes are taught by certified instructors

To send an email, requesting a class schedule or other information, click here.
Please put "ABS Class" in the subject line.


If you are interested in an exciting, in-depth boating safety course, check out the multi-session classroom version of our popular online boating course.
This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely.


  • Introduction to Boating - Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats; different uses of boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family boating basics.
  • Boating Law - Boat registration; boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boat law; state boating laws; personal watercraft requirements.
  • Boat Safety Equipment - Personal flotation devices ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines and rope; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment.
  • Safe Boating - Bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking, undocking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling; general water safety.
  • Navigation - The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC "tunnel vision."
  • Boating Problems - Hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground; river hazards; strainers: emergency radio calls; engine problems; equipment failures; carbon monoxide (CO); other boating and PWC problems.
  • Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat - Types of trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing, and towing a trailer; towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and retrieving; boat storage and theft protection; launching, retrieving and storing a PWC.
  • Hunting and Fishing, Water-skiing and River Boating - Carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat; water-skiing safety guidelines and hand signals; water-skiing with a PWC; navigating rivers, and other boating tips.

 To send an email, requesting a class schedule or other information, click here.
Please put "ABS Class" in the subject line.