Instructor-led Courses

Instructor-led courses offer students the chance to interact with an experienced boater, learn specific local boating information, and network with other boaters.

The course length, date and cost all vary, depending on the independent instructor. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission does not establish course fees or location of the classroom. 

Find a classroom course near you

The class schedule (PDF) reflects all upcoming classes reported to State Parks from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron and independent instructors. Other certified classes may be offered, but not reflected on this schedule.

The following organizations offer state-authorized boating education courses.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Find a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary class near you.

Americas boating club 

(formerly U.S. Power Squadron)

  • America's Boating Course (ABC)
    • Course fees vary by location
    • Courses are scheduled as one night per week for three or four weeks or two half-days
    • The course is eight hours

For USPS class schedules, go online or call 888-FOR-USPS.

Adventures in Boating Washington - Classroom Course

This course was developed specifically for Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Independent instructors teaching this course are certified by the agency. The course covers a number of important safety topics.

The course length, date, and cost all vary depending on the independent instructor teaching the course. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission does not establish the course fees or location of the classroom. Several community colleges offer this course through their continuing education programs.