Boats Portland Maine | Marine Learning Center | Portland Yacht
100 West Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04102


Marine Learning Center

Portland, Maine

All classes observe Maine CDC guidelines for COVID. Classes currently held in our new, heated boat storage buildings. The buildings are large and allow students to distance well apart. Masks currently required.

Current Offerings

2021  Boating Safety Class (NASBLA)

Classes are one-day long
All classes are held on Saturdays
Class times 8:00 am – 2:30 pm. Working lunch + 2 stretch your legs breaks, please bring own lunch, beverage & munchies.

Class dates

  • March 20
  • April 17
  • May 15
  • June 12
  • July 10

Feel more confident on the water. Topics are relevant to fresh or salt water boating.  Discussion includes types of boats, basic rules of the road, buoys, Maine boating laws, jet skiing, water skiing, life jackets, invasive species, cold water safety, drowning recognition and more. Other topics include …

  • Proper Operation & Safety
  • Equipment and Trailering
  • Laws, (rules of the road, buoys, invasive species, what lakes and ponds are legal for what boating activity)
  • Emergencies (man overboard, fire, injuries, etc.)
  • Making sure your boat is compliant – no sinking feeling when you see the warden or Coast Guard
  • Environment and ethics

Other Class Benefits

  • Satisfies mandatory cert requirement for 16-17 year olds to operate PWCs (jet skis) in Maine
  • Satisfies mandatory cert requirement to operate on Maine/New Hampshire border waters and NH educational requirements
  • Satisfies Maine BASS Nation safe boating course requirement
  • Save up to 10% on boat insurance with many carriers
  • Confidence on the water

You put in the work, but our aim is for you to walk away with your certification card the same day. Successful completion of the class and its multiple-choice quiz earns you a NASBLA certification (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators). Certification is lifetime and and recognized in all 50 states and Canada. Only prep work for class: get a good night’s sleep and bring a well-rested mind.

$50/per person
Enrollment by phone prior to class day

Call Tom Russell

207-774-1067 (after hours hit option 7) or

Master 100 Tons Course

This 80-hour course will meet three times a week for five weeks, with exams the following Saturday.

Course Dates:

January 5 – February 13, 2021

Weekly Meeting Format:

Tuesday  5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursday  5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM – 5:00 (1 hr lunch) PM


Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate good for one year that will satisfy the examination requirement for a USCG Master 100 Tons Near Coastal. You will not have to test with the USCG.

Cost $1,195. Refer a friend to the same course for 10% discount.

Remember, if you have enough sea service for a 6-Pack (360 days), you have enough for a Master. A Master allows you to run inspected AND un-inspected vessels (more than 6 passengers). Always give yourself as many options as possible.


For more information contact Tom Russell
207-774-1067 x7 or

6-Pack / Charter Captain / OUPV Course

While the Marine Learning Center has an approved U.S. Coast Guard 6-Pack course in place, almost all students opt for taking the course for a Master after reading the following.

If you have enough sea service for a 6-Pack/OUPV license (360 days), then you have enough for a Master. A Master is a license that allows you to run inspected AND un-inspected vessels (certified for more than 6 passengers). Always give yourself as many options as possible. If you want to use your own uninspected boat for charters but have the option of having the Coast Guard license that helps qualify you to apply for jobs on inspected boats, then do what dozens of others have done: take a Master course. There are other details to consider, so a 5-minute conversation can help. Call or stop in.

Note: OUPV stands for Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel, which can carry up to six passengers, so is nicknamed the 6-Pack license.

Photos: USCG Licensing Course

Marine Training Resources
Coast Guard Licensing Course
boat safety course


Auxiliary Sail Endorsement

Required for any Master wishing to command an inspected Sailing Vessel.

Master / Mate 100 Gross Tons *80-hour class

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** Minimum of 3 students for the 100 Ton class. If the minimum is not reached the class will be scheduled when the minimum is met.


Launch Tender Winter Class 16 hour class


FCC Marine Radio Operator Permit Exam

Call to order study guide and for more details


Basic Boater Safety 6 hour class

Everything you need to know to get started with boating! Covers types of boats, basic rules of the road, types of propulsion and more. Qualifies with most insurance companies for a discount. Please call us for more details.


ABYC Certifications Courses

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Intro To Outboard Engines (1 hour class)

Learn from the best! Our experienced outboard techs go over the inner workings of an outboard engine. Topics included will be basic trouble shooting, routine maintenance, winterization and commissioning.



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