United States Power Squadrons®

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Seamanship Manual CoverSEAMANSHIP

Build boating confidence and competence for safe and fun on-the-water adventures.  Seamanship provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in boat handling and maneuvering, boat operation, skipper's responsibilities, and boating techniques that will advance your boating enjoyment.

What's included?

For both sail and power boats, Seamanship covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Types of boats and how they behave on the water
  • Anchoring in various conditions
  • Docking and line handling
  • Close quarter maneuvering
  • Rules of the road
  • Communication with other boats
  • How to respond to various emergencies
  • Marlinespike/basic knots
  • And other interesting topics

This course is normally completed in 8 two-hour sessions: six sessions of study, one session of review and one session for the exam.

This course is available through a local squadron near you or on line at the University of West Florida.

Find this course near you!

Go to the online courses at University of West Florida