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Below is a list of useful sites for boaters and marine professionals:

Education & Training

  • Chapman School of Seamanship trains students in navigation, seamanship, boat handling in both power and sail, and the nautical information needed for licensing in pursuit of a career as captain or crew.
  • US Powerboating - offers comprehensive on-the-water training and education courses for recreational boaters
  • US Sailing - the national governing body for the sport of sailing, providing various training and educational course specifically for sailing. 
  • Discover Boating offer boating information and online courses, maintenance and equipment tips, as well as books and reviews to increase your "nautical know-how."
  • NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators) provides information regarding approved boater education and training courses.  
  • NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) is an international non-profit authority that advocates consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education to reduce fire and other hazards.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – provides information on taking a boating safety class, where to get a free vessel safety check, and additional boating safety information.
  • U.S. Coast Guard - The Office of Boating Safety offers information geared to recreational boaters on laws,
  • The U.S. Coast Guard provides information on programs and services, history, area and district information – and more.

Trip Planning & Marina Locators

  • Float Planning from small boats to luxury yachts, the U.S. Coast Guard provides owners of the ability to prepare a float plan which is extremely helpful to rescue personnel in emergency situations.
  • Marinas Directory provides an online directory of marinas throughout the United States and abroad with services for boaters and marina owners.
  • MarinaLife offer boaters a complete suite of travel services, including centralized online reservations services, national and international discounts, as well as travel planning for groups and individuals.
  • NOAA National Weather Service provides local and offshore marine forecasts and up-to-date storm information from the National Hurricane Center.

Statistics, Surveying & Valuation