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Learan To Boat
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The Carolina Boat Academy is part of the not for profit organization SAFER BOATER, a 501(c)(3), that is dedicated to providing classroom AND hands-on training in power boating.

Our Instructors are Nationally Certified Power Boating Instructors, who provide a wealth of experience and are training in a very specific curriculum that will leave students with classroom, theory, and hands-on experience on the water.

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South Carolina is one of the few States that does NOT require any sort of training to operate a boat if you are over the age of 16.

Although there are several online boater safety courses, many people simply don't take them, much less gain hands-on experience before operating a boat on the water.

This can create very dangerous situations, especially in challenging weather conditions or at night.

Many of the accidents that occur on South Carolina waterways every year, both minor and major,  happen because people don't know the rules, or haven't developed the skills to operate a boat.

Boating is a very popular sport, with more and more boats registered each day to operate in South Carolina.  This means that more and more boat owners are getting onto the water without any formal training.

**Taking a Boater Safety class is only PART of the journey to safe boating**

Keep in mind that developing skills requires one thing: Hands On Experience.

The Carolina Boating Academy Captains a professional Merchant Mariners, who hold United States Coast Guard Licenses, and have extensive experience on all types of vessels, and will give you hands on experience on your boat, so that you learn how to operate safely for not only your passengers, but other people out on the Lake.

Learn to Drive YOUR Boat

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Here is out it works:

The Carolina Boating Academy will train you on YOUR vessel or one in our fleet.

We will provide hands on training and develop your skills:

  • Full Formal Classroom / On Water Course

  • Basic Maintenance

  • Basic Operation in Open Water

  • Navigation Principals 

  • Marina Operation

  • Nighttime Operation

  • Loading and Unloading from Trailer

  • Backing and Driving with Trailer

  • Bad Weather Operation


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There are several online courses


Taking a Boater Safety class is only part of the journey to safe boating

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