Offering boating courses
to the Public has been
a traditional civic service of
the United States
Power Squadrons.
To learn more about any of these, choose the
one that interests you from the list to the left.
Contact information for courses offered by PBPS
is available on the “Course Schedule” page.
If you are looking for a course in another area,
use the D3 Education Hotline 1-800-EH1-USPS.
Courses and seminars are arranged in groups,
Public, Member/Advanced and USPS University.
The main topic page for each will explain the differences.
There is also a USPS Boat Operator Certification program.
If you have taken a USPS safe boating class in the past and have lost your certificate, contact us so we can attempt to find it in our records.
On 9 August 2019 Governor Cuomo signed legislation S.5685/A.4853.A - Brianna's Law, to phase in requirements that all operators of motorized watercraft must complete a state-approved boating safety course. The law is named after Brianna Lieneck, an 11-year-old Long Island girl who was killed in a 2005 boating accident. It expands an earlier law signed by Governor Cuomo that requires boaters born after May 1, 1996 to complete a safety course before operating a motorized watercraft.
Under the phase-in, operators of a motor boat born on or after:
1/1/1993 must have completed a safety course beginning in 2020
1/1/1988 must have completed a safety course beginning in 2022
1/1/1983 must have completed a safety course beginning in 2023
1/1/1978 must have completed a safety course beginning in 2024
ALL motor boat operators regardless of age beginning in 2025
Failure to comply could result in a fine of between $100 and $250.
America's Boating Course (ABC) is the
finest course available that meets this requirement.