ABC LOGO V RGB 175x272

FB f Logo blue 29

America's Boating Club™

For Boaters, By Boaters™

South Bend Sail and Power Squadron

Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan




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

Seamanship follows the America's Boating Course series, and provides an in-depth look at the basics of small boat handling. It is ideally suited for the student who has some familiarity with boating, but wants to increase his or her boating skills. This course will give you the practical knowledge to take a boat from the dock, into open water, and return in normal weather conditions.

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 the South Bend Sail and Power Squadron or other local squadron near you, or may be taken on line at the University of West Florida. Naturally we recommend taking the course from a live instructor who can answer your questions and provide individual instruction tailored to the experience of the class. An on-line version is also available through the University of West Florida.

For information about the course schedule for South Bend Sail and Power Squadron, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 574-367-8572. For courses in other locations, check our Course Locator. For information about the on-line course, go to the online courses at University of West Florida.