Safety Committee

Networking with emergency, law enforcement & others for water safety

America's Boating Course is an eight-hour course covering the basics of boating and is appropriate for youth as well as the adult boater. Successful completion of this course satisfies the education requirement to operate a boat in ANY STATE and for youth to operate a PWC in both Virginia and North Carolina.

Boater Safety Classes for 2024

  • February 17
  • March 2
  • April 27
  • May 11
  • June 15
  • July 27
  • August 24
  • September 14
  • October 5
  • November 9


Longbridge VFD 1678 Eaton Ferry Road, Littleton, NC 27850

How do I register?

TO REGISTER call (757) 537-9877 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Course Fee $40 includes book and all materials. Family discounts available.

Course is taught by certified instructors from the USCG Auxiliary Lake Gaston Flotilla 9-3. Class is from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. -- please arrive by 7:45 a.m. Written exams will be given at the end of class and a Boater Safety card and certificate will be issued to you upon successful completion of the course.

Virginia Law:  All Virginia boaters in the waters must have proof of taking a Boating Course. All Motor Boat Operators operating a vessel with a 10 HP engine or greater, must meet these requirements. All PWC operators regardless of age must have proof of taking a Boating Course.

North Carolina Law:  Requires that all PWC and Motor Boat Operators who were born after 1 January 1988 have proof of taking a Boating Course if they are operating a vessel with a 10 HP engine or greater.