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Name of CourseDateSponsoring OrganizationLocationAddressContactFeePre-Reg RequiredAdditional Info
Basic Boating
2/1/2020
08:00 AM to 04:00 PM

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PFBC Clinton County
Library at Sugar Valley Rural Charter School
236 E. Main St.
Loganton, PA 17747
Justin Boatwright
juboatwrig@pa.gov
717-603-1306
 yesPlease pre-register via e-mail or phone to Justin Boatwright.
USCG Auxiliary
Sailing Skills & Seamanship
2/5/2020
06:30 PM to 08:30 PM
(Weekly 1 of 16)
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United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Philadelphia County
Coast Guard Base
1 Washington Avneue
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Ralph J. Onesti
ralphonesti@verizon.net
610-745-3998
$135.00yesThis is a comprehensive sailing safety course ending in a boating safety certificate. Gift Certificates are available. The class starts on Wednesdays for 5 sessions then moves to Mondays for the remainder.
Basic Boating
2/15/2020
08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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Tioga County Bass Anglers Tioga County
Ive's Run
710 Ives Run Lane
Tioga, PA 16946
WCO Chad A. Lauer
Chlauer@pa.gov
814-359-5250
$0.00yesThe course is open to the public and is limited to 25 seats. Pre-registration is required via email to CHLAUER@PA.GOV. Weather date is set for 02/22/2020 in case of postponement, times and location will be the same. Lunch and other refreshments will be provided by the Tioga County Bass Anglers.
USCG Auxiliary
Boating Skills & Seamanship
2/17/2020
06:30 PM to 08:30 PM
(Weekly 1 of 14)
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United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Philadelphia County
Coast Guard Base
1 Washington Avneue
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Ralph J. Onesti
ralphonesti@verizon.net
610-745-3998
$105.00yesThis is a comprehensive boating safety course ending in a boating safety certificate. Gift Certificates are available.
Basic Boating
2/18/2020
06:00 PM to 10:00 PM
(Daily 1 of 2)
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PFBC Venango County
Sandycreek Conservancy
688 Polk Cutoff
Franklin, PA 16323
WCO Mark Kerr
mkerr@pa.gov
814-337-0444
$0.00yesCourse is open to the general public. Pre-registration is required. Register via email through WCO KERR (EMAIL: mkerr@pa.gov) Please provide name, age, email, and contact number� A RETURN REPLY WILL BE PROVIDED WITHIN 72 HOURS, BY WCO KERR.
Basic Boating
2/22/2020
08:00 AM to 04:00 PM

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PFBC & DCNR Butler County
Unionville Fire Hall
102 Mahood Road
Butler, PA 16001
Moraine State Park
morainesp@pa.gov
724-368-8811
 yesThis PA Fish & Boat Commission�s PA Basic Boating Course was developed to supply boaters with practical information so they can make better informed decisions on the water. Instructors provide students with information to help them reduce the risk of injury and conflict on the water. Course is free. Donations to Unionville Volunteer Fire Company appreciated. Bring own drinks and lunch if desired. Juveniles must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No one younger than 11. Please advise/request disability accommodations when signing up. No sign ups after 2/7/20. While the course is free, it is the attendees' responsibility to provide a check or money order, payable to the PFBC, in the amount of $10.00 (ten dollars) to cover the cost of the actual certification card. Reservations are required, call Moraine State Park office to register 724 368-8811 or email morainesp@pa.gov. Boating Safety Education Certificates are required for all operators of personal watercraft, regardless of age, and for boat operators born after January 1, 1982 that operate motorboats of more than 25 horsepower. Students who successfully complete this course may apply for a Boating Safety Education Certificate issued by the Commission and good for a lifetime.
Basic Boating
2/22/2020
08:00 AM to 04:00 PM

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PA Fish and Boat Commission Blair County
Jaffa Mosque
2200 Broad Avenue
Altoona, PA 16601
Sean Sauserman
ssauserman@pa.gov
814-483-0886
 no 
Basic Boating
2/23/2020
08:00 AM to 04:00 PM

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  Dauphin County
PFBC Headquarters; Susquehanna Room
1601 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Dee Fisher
deafisher@pa.gov
717-705-7919
 yesPlease email deafisher@pa.gov to pre-register. While the course is free, it is the student's responsibility to obtain his/her BSE card (cost is $10.00) after successfully passing the course.This course will be taught by local WCO's.
Basic Boating
2/29/2020
08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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PFBC/Chester County Parks Chester County
Hibernia County Park Mansion
1 Park Road
Coatesville, PA 19320
Andrew Desko
adesko@pa.gov
215-968-3631
$0.00yesA minimum of eight hours of classroom instruction is required to pass the course. Participants should bring a lunch and snacks. Space is limited so register soon. Pre-registration is required by emailing Andy Desko at adesko@pa.gov (preferred contact) or by phone at 215-968-3631. Those who successfully complete the course may obtain this certificate, which is good for a lifetime (fees apply).
Basic Boating
3/1/2020
08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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PFBC/Chester County Parks Chester County
Hibernia County Park Mansion
1 Park Road
Coatesville, PA 19320
Andrew Desko
adesko@pa.gov
215-968-3631
$0.00yesA minimum of eight hours of classroom instruction is required to pass the course. Participants should bring a lunch and snacks. Space is limited so register soon. Pre-registration is required by emailing Andy Desko at adesko@pa.gov (preferred contact) or by phone at 215-968-3631. Those who successfully complete the course may obtain this certificate, which is good for a lifetime (fees apply).
US Power Squadron
America's Boating Course
3/2/2020
07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
(Weekly 1 of 8)
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Erie Power Squadron Erie County
Bayfront Maritime Center
40 Holland Street
Erie, PA 16507
Carl Emerson
waldoingrapeland@yahoo.com
814-899-4558
$50.00no8 week course on Monday nights. $50 for the first person. $10 for the second person, if 2 people are sharing a book. Plotting supplies are extra $20 if interested. Qualifies for state board driver's license.
USCG Auxiliary
Coastal Navigation
3/5/2020
06:30 PM to 08:30 PM
(Weekly 1 of 12)
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United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Philadelphia County
Coast Guard Base
1 Washington Avneue
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Ralph J. Onesti
ralphonesti@verizon.net
610-745-3998
$165.00yesThis is a comprehensive, hands on, Coastal Navigation class. This will teach you how to get there and back even if your electronics fails you! There is NO previous experience necessary. Gift Certificates available.
USCG Auxiliary
About Boating Safely
3/7/2020
07:30 AM to 05:00 PM

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United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Philadelphia County
Coast Guard Base
1 Washington Avneue
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Ralph J. Onesti
ralphonesti@verizon.net
610-745-3998
$75.00yesThis is an all day course ending in a boating safety certificate. Lunch at the base is included. Gift Certificates are available.
Basic Boating
3/7/2020
08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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Wellsboro Fire Department Tioga County
Wellsboro Firemans Annex
21 East Ave.
Wellboro, PA 16901
Chad A. Lauer
Chlauer@pa.gov
814-359-5250
 yesCourse is open and free to the public. Course is limited to 20 seats. A meal will be provided by the sponsor for a donation. Please pre-register by email to WCO Chad Lauer @ CHLAUER@PA.GOV
USCG Auxiliary
About Boating Safely
3/7/2020
08:00 AM to 12:00 PM
(Date 1 of 2)
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Ranger Lake Rod & Gun Club Lehigh County
Ranger Lake Rod & Gun Club
2450 Quarry Street
Coplay, PA 18037
Joseph Shambo
J.Shambo@RCN.com
484-515-7722
$26.00yesPA Boating Safety Education Certificate additional $10 Registration & Course fee collected prior to first session. Class session 4 hours each Saturday for 2 weeks.
Basic Boating
3/14/2020
09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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Clarnence Schock Memorial Park at Governor Dick Lebanon County
Gov. Dick Environ. Ed. Center
3283 Pinch Road
Lebanon, PA 17064
Audrey Wells
governordick@hotmail.com
717-964-3808
$0.00noOne day classroom course. Must attend the full course and pass the written exam. Successful participants will be required to mail to the PFBC $10 to receive their BSE cert. A donation will be accepted to cover the costs of using the Ed. Center.
Basic Boating
3/14/2020
08:00 AM to 04:00 PM

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PFBC & DCNR Erie County
Tom Ridge Environmental Center
1 Sassafras Pier
Erie, PA 16505
WCO Matt Visosky
mvisosky@pa.gov
814-337-0444
$0.00yesPlease register with Matt Visosky using email @ mvisosky@pa.gov. Please provide your name, telephone number, and the amount of people in your group when registering. Space is limited so sign up as soon as possible.
Basic Boating
3/14/2020
08:00 AM to 04:00 PM

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L.S.L Sportsmen's Club Franklin County
L.S.L. Sportsmen's Club
3549 Orrstown Road
Orrstown, PA 17244
Emery L Horn
susanhrn@yahoo.com
717-530-1288
 noAll Walk-in's welcome. Free Lunch
Basic Boating
3/21/2020
09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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Corry Higher Education Erie County
Corry Higher Education
221 North Center St.
Corry, PA 16407
WCO Tyler Soety
tsoety@pa.gov
814-337-0444
 yesPlease contact Sandra McClellan @ (814) 664-9405 or email her @ smcclellan@corryhied.org to preregister for this Basic Boating class. Space is limited so register as soon as possible.
US Power Squadron
Mosquito Lake Power Squadron
3/28/2020
08:30 AM to 05:00 PM

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Mosquito Lake Power Squadron Beaver County
Boat World Bridgewater
1481 Riverside Drive
Beaver, PA 15009
Alvin Martin
cyclops_al@hotmail.com
412-671-6314
$40.00noCoffee, donuts and lunch provided
USCG Auxiliary
Sailing Skills and Seamanship
4/1/2020
07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
(Weekly 1 of 8)
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USCG Auxiliary York Flotilla York County
Susquehanna Yacht Club
1930 Long Level Road
Wrightsville, PA 17368
Wendy A. Behr
Wbehr118@gmail.com
717-858-1474
$40.00yes 
Basic Boating
4/4/2020
09:00 AM to 03:00 PM

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Brookfield Renewable Pike County
Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center
126 Lamberton Lane
Hawley, PA 18428
Michelle Chorba
michelle.chorba@brookfieldrenewable.com
570-226-1370
$0.00yesBring a packed lunch. No vending machines on site. No need to bring money, you will mail in for your certificate with $10 to PFBC after class.
USCG Auxiliary
About Boating Safely
4/4/2020
07:30 AM to 05:00 PM

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United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Philadelphia County
Coast Guard Base
1 Washington Avneue
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Ralph J. Onesti
ralphonesti@verizon.net
610-745-3998
$75.00yesThis is an all day course ending in a boating safety certificate. Lunch at the base is included. Gift Certificates are available.
USCG Auxiliary
ABS Course
4/4/2020
08:00 AM to 12:00 PM
(Date 1 of 2)
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USCG Auxiliary Berks County
Reading Flotilla Training Base
2058 River Rd.
Reading, PA 19605
Barry McElwee
barrymcelwee@comcast.net
610-775-1524
$26.00yes 
US Power Squadron
Ten Mile
4/25/2020
09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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Ten Mile Power Squadron Washington County
Greene Cove Yacht Club
Route 88 South
Millsboro, PA 15348
Lynn Brockman
lynnabrockman@gmail.com
412-720-2821
$25.00yes 
Basic Boating
4/25/2020
08:00 AM to 04:00 PM

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PFBC Crawford County
Conneaut Lake Sportsman Association
11861 Sportsman Rd.
Conneaut Lake, PA 16316
WCO Chad Doyle
chadoyle@pa.gov
814-337-0444
$0.00yesPlease register with Chad Doyle using email @ chadoyle@pa.gov. Please provide your name, telephone number, and the amount of people in your group when registering. Space is limited to 50 so sign up now.
Basic Boating
5/2/2020
09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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CCBC Beaver County
CCBC
469 Third Street
Beaver, PA 15009
James DeGori
jdegori@beaverpolice.us
724-773-6709
$10.00yesCommunity College of Beaver County / CCBC PA Fish and Boat Commission / Basic Boating Certification (1 Day course 9am -5pm) (May 2nd 2020) Classroom 9115 Classroom LRC-9115 (CCBC Campus) MUST register with CCBC (Use Code FITS01501) / Bring Bag Lunch.
USCG Auxiliary
How to Read a Nautical Chart
5/2/2020
08:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Philadelphia County
Coast Guard Base
1 Washington Avneue
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Ralph J. Onesti
ralphonesti@verizon.net
610-745-3998
$65.00yesIf you would like to get started with you Navigation skills, this is fun 4-hour course provides the basics. Gift Certificates available.
USCG Auxiliary
Suddenly in Command
5/2/2020
01:00 PM to 05:00 PM

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United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Philadelphia County
Coast Guard Base
1 Washington Avneue
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Ralph J. Onesti
ralphonesti@verizon.net
610-745-3998
$65.00yesWhat to do, when unexpectedly...it's up to you! Gift Certificates available. The skipper of the boat is strongly urged to attend with their crew! Gift Certificates available.
Basic Boating
5/3/2020
09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Forest County
Tionesta Lake
477 Spillway Road
Tionesta, PA 16353
WCO Erik P Shellgren
eshellgren@pa.gov
814-572-0096
 yesA minimum of ten students are needed to conduct the class.
Basic Boating
5/16/2020
09:00 AM to 03:00 PM

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Brookfield Renewable Pike County
Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center
126 Lamberton Lane
Hawley, PA 18428
Michelle Chorba
michelle.chorba@brookfieldrenewable.com
570-226-1370
$0.00yesBring a packed lunch. No vending machines on site. No need to bring money. You will mail in for certificate with $10 to PFBC after class.
US Power Squadron
Ten Mile
6/6/2020
09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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Elizabeth Boat Club Allegheny County
Elizabeth Boat Club
Use GPS 309 North 1st Ave
Elizabeth, PA 15037
Lynn Brockman
lynnabrockman@gmail.com
412-720-2821
$25.00yesplease pre register by email elizabethboatclub@gmail.com