Congratulations and Welcome to U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 4-76’s…

Penn’s Landing Philadelphia – Safe Boating Education Center


All classes taught by trained, qualified instructors with cutting edge presentations
State and Federal Certified Courses
Power or Sail…Pleasure or Sport – Captain or First Mate…
Make the most of your time on the water and boat safely!
Classes can be a family affair – your crew should be your backup.
Get on board, preregister online now and be a smarter and safer boater!

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Take advantage of the years of experience and wealth of information that members of the Auxiliary have to offer. In the spirit of helping others the Auxiliary volunteers its time so you can get the most out of your boating pleasure. Before you risk the lives and health of your family and friends, make sure you ‘know before you go’. Take the time to attend a class. Make the time and schedule a Free Vessel Safety Check. Many insurance companies offer discounts on boating insurance to individuals who successfully complete a course. Upon successfully completing a course and exam individuals are awarded a certificate and card. They may qualify for, and are invited to continue on for further certification. Each boating safety course includes a discussion on the state laws of PA, NJ, DE and MD.

Reasons to take a course with us? Pick one!

  • Central location, easy access off I95 – at a U. S. Coast Guard Base – Photo ID Required
  • Professional presentations in a comfortable environment and in an enjoyable and relaxed format – we’re here to teach, but also create a lot of fun in the process!
  • Hands-on skill building such as knot tying, using piloting tools, or reading charts
  • ‘On-line’ abbreviated courses are no match for our CGAUX instructors, experienced boaters who can answer your questions on the spot
  • Our classes are offered at a great economy as compared to other; for our volunteers, the greater value is knowing that we are creating a safer boating experience to our attendees. Additionally, we offer family discounts!

Below is a list of classes being offered on-site at the base at Penn’s Landing. Please click on the course title below for more information. Questions – please contact us via email at and we will be happy to assist.


  • About Boating Safely

  • Boating Skills and Seamanship

  • Sailing Skills and Seamanship

  • Coastal Navigation

  • How to Read a Nautical Chart

Fee: $65.00 – 1 Day Course given on Saturdays – 8AM -5PM, Sign-In promptly at 7:30AM, Preregistration REQUIREDDates: September 3; October 1; November 5

Note: This course is a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau approved course. PA Instructor Number: 5476 NJ Instructor Number: 2015-08-0010

ABS is recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard and approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). ABS covers boating fundamentals and the basic skills needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states.

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.
Topics Include:

  • Which Boat Is For You?
  • Equipment For Your Boat
  • Trailering Your Boat
  • Handling Your Boat
  • Your “Highway” Signs
  • The Rules You Must Follow
  • Inland Boating
  • The Rest Of Our Story
  • Introduction To Navigation
  • Powering Your Boat
  • Lines & Knots For Your Boat
  • Weather & Boating
  • Your Boat’s Radio
Topics Include:

  • About Sailboats
  • How A Boat Sails
  • Basic Sailboat Maneuvering
  • Rigging And Boat Handling
  • Equipment For Your Boat
  • Trailering Your Sailboat
  • Your Highway Signs
  • The Rules Of The Nautical Road
  • Inland Boating
  • Sailing Safety
  • More On Sail Trim And Boat Handling
  • Introduction To Navigation
  • Lines And Knots For Your Boat
  • Weather And Sailing
  • Your Boat’s Radio
  • What is navigation
  • Fundamental of waypoint navigation
  • The tools of navigation
  • Planning with GPS and paper charts
  • Planning with digital charts
  • Planning to avoid danger
  • Underway with GPS and paper charts
  • Underway with digital charts
  • Double-checking with instruments
  • Eye of the mariner
  • What to do if the GPS quits
  • Planning as you go with GPS
  • Tides, winds, and currents
  • Navigating with radar
  • Using depth in navigation
  • Using the radio in navigation
  • Using an electronic compass
  • Using an autopilot in navigation
  • Navigating harbors and channels with electronics
  • Navigating under adverse conditions
  • A last word in avoiding danger
  • Other instrumentation in navigation
  • Connecting it all together


  • Introduction to coastal navigation (traditional)
  • The marine magnetic compass
  • The nautical chart
  • The navigator’s tools and instruments
  • Dead Reckoning
  • Piloting
  • Current Sailing
  • Tides and Tidal Currents
  • Radionavigation
  • Navigation reference publications
  • Fuel and voyage planning
  • Reflections
When navigating on land you use a map. It depicts the various thoroughfares, their directions and names. Major areas such as parks, lakes etc. would also be noted. By selecting the prescribed route, you would be able to reach a desired destination.This seminar unravels the mysteries and the language of charts.At sea there are no streets, no separate areas, and no differences from abutting or surrounding areas. With no land mass over the horizon, everything looks the same. For navigating at sea, we use a chart.By knowing our latitude and longitude, we can locate our position anywhere on earth. Navigators must also be warned of dangerous areas, leading them through safe passages and directing them within set patterns to prevent collisions. For this, Aids to Navigation are depicted on nautical charts.Other available information on nautical charts includes, but is not limited to, depth of water, bottom type, magnetic variations affecting the compass, chart scales, and inter-tidal information.This course will provide the navigator with the knowledge to interpret the chart’s contents to navigate safely to their destination and return to port. Text and training chart included.And…just to sweeten the pot, if you take How to Read a Nautical Chart and move to our
Coastal Navigation course…we’ll discount the navigation course 10%.
All this and a FREE offer for to inspect your vessel making
sure you have everything you need to be safe!

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