The United States Power Squadrons
believes an educated boater
is a safer boater.
Our goal is
"Safe boating through Education".
America's Boating Course 3rd Edition, is the most comprehensive boating course available anywhere for beginning boaters and experienced boaters looking for a refresher. The NYS Young Boaters Course is optimized for students from 10 through their teens. (Students of any age can take either course.)
All boaters are subject to
nautical rules and regulations.
Skippers should learn and respect traditional boating courtesies. The courses are designed to familiarize the student with the fundamentals of safe boating and each satisfies the requirement for certification in most states that require boating education before operating a watercraft.
Qualified, enthusiastic, and experienced USPS instructors provide instruction as a civic service. There is never a charge for instruction; the only costs are those for materials, plus overhead costs such as classroom rental, shipping and handling, sales tax, etc. As boating is often a family activity, the courses are of value to all members of a boating family. USPS encourages families to attend as groups.
Choose a course from the list to the left.
These courses are designed to be useful to all boaters, from the fisherman in an outboard to the skipper of a large cruiser or sailboat. The Seminar Series presents individual topics in short 2 hour single session classes. Choose any or all of the topics that interest you.