• Schedule
  • Basic Boating Course/Ct Boating Certificate
  • Seminars
  • Advanced Courses
  • Boat Operator Certification


To find the current Meriden class schedule click this link.

Advanced and Elective courses are held all across the District. Many are advertised on the Power Squadron email service SailAngle.

Most can be found on the District calendar.

You can also check the USPS website to locate a course.


   PYC Class
    America's Boating Class - In the south room at Pattaconk Yacht Club on the Connecticut River

Basic Boating Course

America's Boating Course
Connecticut Power Squadrons official State Boating Course

Completion of this class will satisfy the Connecticut Boating Class requirements for applying for a Connecticut Boating Certificate. Get your State Boating Certificate with the Best Course.

Registration is the first night of class and the cost for the 5 week course (boat handling under normal and adverse conditions, navigational aids, rules, knots and lines used and more) is $45.00 and $55.00 for the 7 week course, (additional 2 weeks cover how to read a chart, plot courses and identify your position on the water), plus a school administration fee.(Prices as of 2013) 
For details on the course go to (ABC).

See Connecticut Conservation ID number below.


Connecticut Boating Certificate
Need a Connecticut Boating Certificate? Before you can apply for one you need a Ct Conservation ID. You can get this before or after you take a boating course, but it saves some hassle if you have it before you enter the class. If you have a current CT fishing or hunting license, you already have a Conservation ID. (Look at the top of your license, or search the system using START below.)

1) Obtain a Ct Conservation ID
It is a little confusing, but you are directed to the Online Sportsmen Licensing page of the CT DEEP.
Read this pagefor information, then scroll to the bottom and click on START.
This is the real page to obtain (or find your existing) Ct Conservation ID. Note that you print the certificate and licenses on your own computer.

2) Take a boating course
The Power Squadron America's Boating Course (ABC) is highly recommended and exceeds the NASBLA requirements for a Ct Safe Boating Certificate.

3) Obtain your CT Safe Boating Certificate
There is a one-time $50 fee for the certificate. You can do this on line at the Online Sportsmen Licensing page or "go to a participating town clerk, sporting goods store or a DEEP office to show proof of your eligibility to buy hunting and/or trapping licenses".



(Header at the top of your printed CT licenses)

(Safe Boating Certificate [SBC] Certificate Number prints at the bottom of your CT licenses)

4) Obtaining your Certificate/Licenses next year
In the following year you can follow pretty much the same process and get your certificate and any licenses online, and printed on your own computer.

USPS Seminars

The Unites States Power Squadrons national education committee provides material for numerous seminars that the local squadrons can use for educational purposes.

These seminars are usually presented in one 2-3 hr session. Depending on materials the cost ranges from free to $20 or possibly more. Often the cost of the mateials is optional.

Seminars are held in an informal manner, and usually attract participants with a variety of experience on the subject. This allows an interaction between new and experienced boaters that is often enlightening.

Seminars scheduled in District 1 can be found on the District calendar.

ChartSeminar    VHFSeminar     Seminar Navigating

Advanced Courses


Boating on Connecticut's waters may seem easy with the modern technology of radar and GPS, but what happens if these electronics fail? Could you navigate safely in the fog without these?

Meriden Power Squadron presents educational courses, programs and seminars that offer boating enthusiasts greater safety and enjoyment while participating in their favorite boating activities.

More information on the USPS website Education Department.

Advanced Grade courses are offered by USPS. They are designed to be taken in sequence because each builds on skills taught in the previous course: Seamanship(S), Piloting(P), Advanced Piloting(AP), Junior Navigation(JN), Navigation(N).

Seamanship covers basic deck seamanship, marlinspike (knots and ropes), anchoring and rafting, basic boat care and maintenance, and nautical and USPS customs and etiquette.

is the first and most basic navigation course, covering chart reading, course plotting, and basic coastal or inland navigation, including basic GPS usage. This course goes into more detail than the charting information covered in the public courses.

Advanced Piloting
covers more advanced coastal navigation techniques, navigation in tides and currents, and more advanced GPS usage.

Junior Navigation
teaches the basics of offshore navigation, including basic celestial navigation using the sun and offshore course planning.

is the most advanced navigation course taught by USPS, covering more advanced celestial navigation techniques, emergency navigation, and additional sight reduction techniques.

Elective Courses in six area are offered by USPS. They cover separate and independent topics and therefore may be taken in any order according to a person's interests and time: Engine Maintenance, Marine Electronics, Cruising and Cruise Planning, Weather, Sail, and Instructor Develpment.

Engine Maintenance covers the operating principles and basic care and maintenance of outboard and inboard engines, including diesels.

Marine Electronics covers installation and maintenance of both boat electrical systems (AC and DC) and marine electronics (VHF radio, radar, GPS, etc).

Cruise Planning
covers topics of interest for someone planning a cruise – whether for just a weekend or for a year – including preparation and planning, anchoring, security, chartering, and cruising outside the US.

covers weather systems, patterns and forecasting.

covers everything from the basic elements of how a sailboat works to sail trim, rig tuning, and sailboat racing.

Instructor Development teaches effective communication skills for not only USPS instructors but everyone, covering various methods of presenting information to others, effective use of audiovisual aids (including PowerPoint), etc.

Advanced and Elective courses are held all across the District. Many are advertised on the Power Squadron email service SailAngle. Most can be found on the District calendar. You can also check the USPS website to locate a course.


Classroom education + demonstrated on-water proficiency

"With the Boat Operator's Certification Program, USPS will certify USPS members at various levels of recreational boating proficiency.  We expect that these certifications will be recognized across the boating community, both domestically and internationally.  In the United States, The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has asked congress to authorize the Transportation Secretary to establish requirements for standards of proficiency for recreational boaters.  We intend to have USPS certification accepted as the above proof and be accepted as the national certificate for the USA."


Levels of BOC

     Inland Navigator (IN)

     Coastal Navigator (CN)

     Advanced Coastal Navagitor (ACN)

     Offshore Navigator (ON)

Description and requirements for the BOC program can be viewed on the USPS website Boat Operator Certification.

See a video of some on the water certification.