Boating Safety Classes Maine | Marine Learning Center | Portland Yacht
100 West Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04102


Marine Learning Center

Basic Boating and Safety Class

Includes Boating Certification Approved by NASBLA and Maine IF&W

7 Hrs (1 day)
Class times 8AM-4PM pm (1-hr lunch)

2023 Dates
Sunday, March 19
Saturday, April 22
Saturday, May 20
Saturday, June 17
Saturday, July 15

Contact Tom Russell
207-774-1067  x7   or

This one-day class introduces topics related to recreational boating in a classroom setting and uses small vessels ashore as teaching aids. Relevant to inland and tidal waters.

Topics include proper operation & safety, types of boats, rules of the road, buoys, charts, trailering, Maine boating laws, jet skiing, water skiing, life jackets, invasive species, cold water safety, drowning recognition, emergencies (man overboard, fire, injuries, etc.) and more.

Other class benefits

  • Satisfies Maine’s first boating license law that will go into effect in January 2024 (anyone born in or after 1999 will need to pass a boater education course before driving a boat of 25 horsepower or higher or to operate a personal watercraft — such as a Jet Ski — on inland waters.)
  • More confidence on the water
  • 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
  • Savings of 10% with many boat insurance carriers

Successful completion of the class and multiple-choice quiz earns you a NASBLA certification. Certification is lifetime and recognized nationwide and Canada. Enrollment required by phone prior to class day.

If a student is unable/cannot afford to pay for the class, they will not be prevented from attending.

U.S. Coast Guard Approved Courses

Master 100 Tons Course

January 3 – February 11, 2023


Look for January and spring 2024 dates here!
To be added to our notification list, email or call us today!


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

Our alumni run passenger ferries, commercial landing craft, sight seeing boats, commercial fishing vessels, water taxis, tow boats, sail and fishing charters and more.

This 80-hour course meets three times a week for five weeks, with exams on the 6th Saturday. 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 test with the USCG.

Remember, if you have enough sea service for a 6-Pack (360 days, starting at age 16, on boats at least 16-ft long), you have enough for days 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. Feel free to call with questions about the course or about licensing in general.
Refer a friend to the same course for 10% discount. Includes instruction, books, charts, PowerPoints, exams, guidance on license application process.
Tom Russell
207-774-1067 x7
If CDC guidelines or prudence mandates due to COVID, parts of this course will be instructed remotely. Exams would then be administered in person when practical. Otherwise, we will instruct in-person with recommended safety precautions at 100 West Commercial St, Portland, Maine.

6-Pack / Charter Captain / OUPV Course

Dates to be announced
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. (OUPV stands for Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel, which can carry up to six passengers, so is nicknamed the 6-Pack license.)


Marine Training Resources
Coast Guard Licensing Course
boat safety course



Other Instructional Offerings

FCC Marine Radio Operator Permit Exam

Required to operate as Master on inspected vessels. This is a lifetime permit. Call to order study guide, to schedule your exam and with any questions. Paperwork filed on your behalf.


ABYC Certifications Courses

Offered occasionally.

Intro To Outboard Engines


Offered occasionally.

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.

Maine Boatbuilders Show Seminars

MBBS has run for over 30 years. All educational seminars included with cost of admission. Back on the waterfront at 100 West Commercial St.  Look for an announcement at the Boatbuilders Show tab above.


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