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Promoting  Boating Safety is the job of the

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

For Portland, Maine and Surrounding Areas

The Casco Bay Flotilla presents courses that are offered by the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. We do this in conjunction with Southern Maine Community College Continuing Studies. Our classes start at the college in February, April, and September of each year. You can register online for these course once they are posted on the the college's website and registration remains open through the day of the second nights class.  

September we offer Basic/Advanced Coastal Navigation and Boating Skills and Seamanship 1 & 2 at the college.   

February we offer Basic/Advanced Coastal Navigation and Boating Skills and Seamanship 1 & 2, and Sailing Skills & Seamanship

April we offer Boating Skills and Seamanship 1 which is a short version of the course and does not include all chapters it the book.

Clicking on any  of the course links above will get you  a detailed description of each course which will open in a new window.  Just close the window to return to this website.  

To register for a course you have to register online or by mail with Southern Maine Community College Continuing Studies before the first nights class.  There is no registrationat the door night of class.  It is our policy not to give out any material for any course until a student has registered for the course. Click here to download a printable copy of all courses being offered in September that you can send in by USPS mail.

Instructions to find and register for our courses on SMCC's website:

1.  To register online Click Here. On the page that comes click on "Browse and Register".  On the next page that comes up where is says "Term:"  click on the drop down arrow and for our September Courses choose Fall for that current year.  Also click on the down arrow for Catorgory: and choose "Enrichment and Enjoyment" and then click "Search" button. On the next page that comes up scroll down the page and find our course you want to take and then click the "more" link for that course.  This will bring up a description of the course.  To register click on "Add Course".  On the page that comes click on Register. On the next page that coms up fill out the from and follow directions there. 

For February and April courses choose Spring for that current year.  Also click on the down arrow for Catorgory: and choose "Enrichment and Enjoyment" and then click "Search" button.  On the next page that comes up scroll down the page and find our course you want to take and then click the "more" link for that course.  This will bring up a description of the course.  To register click on "Add Course".  On the page that comes click on Register. On the next page that coms up fill out the from and follow directions there. 

2.  To register by Mail Click Here for a PDF copy of the registration form.  If you right click the link and choose "Save target as" from the pop up menu it will save the form to your computer.  In either case you will have to print the from and fill it out by hand and then send in my mail.

Please Note: "In the event of a cancellation of one or more public education classes, due to circumstances beyond the control of the Casco Bay Flotilla, a good faith effort will be made to make up those classes missed or cancelled. If necessary, at our discretion, we may be forced to cancel the course completely. However, in no event will there be any refunds of all or part of the tuition."

To receive more information or to ask questions about our courses click on Contact Us at the top of page.

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For information about a Coast Guard Auxiliary/Boat US online course called "Modern Navigation" Click Here.

If you choose to pursue this course please use our Promo Code on the page to receive a discount for the course.

Please remember there is nothing like in class learning with a real in person instructor that you would get with our Basic/Advance Coastal Navigation Course.

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Vessel Identification Stickers for Canoe, Kayak, Rowboat or Paddle Boards

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For more information and to request a sticker please click here. This is a PDF 5 slide presentation.  Last slide has order information.

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"Can You Hear Me?"

  VHF/DSC Marine Radio Tutorial

FROM THE Boat U.S. Foundation's Website

Click Here For the Tutorial

Click Here for information on getting a  FREE MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Identity)

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.                 . . Think! . . . . . . . . Before You Drink . . . . . . . . . Be                 A Responsible Boat Operator . . . . . . . . . . .Take A Boating                 Safety Course . . . . . .

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Links to Maine / New Hampshire Auxiliary Flotilla Websites

Click here to go to Bangor Flotilla 12's Website for Bangor and surrounding area.

Click here to go to Saco Bay Flotilla 24's Website for Biddeford, Saco and surrounding area.

Click here to go to Portsmouth Harbor Flotilla 28's Website for Portsmouth Harbor and surrounding area.

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FLOTILLA FINDER USING ZIP CODE

Or Click Here  to find a Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla near you.

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