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Boating Classes

New Boating Skills and Seamanship classes.

Spring class starts on Feb 11, 2016

The Whittier Flotilla is hosting the Boating Skills and Seamanship class in the sping and fall of 2016.  We have room for 70 students at the BP Energy Center, 900 East Benson, and have Lowered Our Price to $50 to encourage more folks to attend.  In addition, a person paying the full price may have his(her) family members audit class free of charge but they must share a book. Family members wishing to test for a certificate should register in the class and pay $25. Participants paying $25, share a family member's book and may take a test and receive a certificate upon passing the test.

Boating Classes

Classes are taught in Anchorage at the BP Energy Center by the Whittier Flotilla.MAP

See below for course times and descriptions.

**Please Note that the BS&S Course is a 27 hour course split up into a nine week course, every Thursday for three hours each night

Free Nautical Charts from NOAA. Print off these 81/2 x 11 charts and keep in plastic envelopes in a binder on your boat. If space to unroll a chart is a problem then these might be your solution.


The NOAA BookletChart™ is an experimental product that you can print at home for free. They are made to help recreational boaters locate themselves on the water.

The Booklet Chart is reduced in scale and divided into pages for convenience, but otherwise contains all the information of the full-scale nautical chart. Bar scales are also reduced in scale, but are accurate when used to measure distances in a BookletChart. Excerpts from the United States Coast Pilot are included. Most chart notes are consolidated on a single page for easy reference. Emergency information for the charted area is printed on the back cover.

Booklet charts are updated weekly for all Notice to Mariners.

NOTE: During this experimental period, BookletCharts are not being updated every week with Notices to Mariners. Further, some known errors are known to exist, e.g. the "Approximate Page Index" might not match the chart inside. You can tell us about such errors by using the Coast Survey's Inquiry Page.


The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's Boating Skills and Seamanship (BS&S) course is a comprehensive course designed for both the experienced and the novice boater.  The course, now in its 13th edition published in 2007, consists of 8 core required two hour lessons plus five elective lessons, providing up-to-date knowledge for handling boats in all conditions.


Many insurance companies will offer discounts on boat insurance to individuals who successfully complete this course.

Individuals who successfully complete the course and exam are awarded certificates and cards.


If you are interested in an exciting, in-depth boating safety course, check out the in classroom (seminar) 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.