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Learn the rules and regulations for operating a boat like this.

Spring Boating Courses 2017
"Five-Session America's Boating Course (ABC)"

Seamanship and Safety
Small Boat Handling
Government Regulations
Rules of the Road
Aids to Navigation
Boat Trailering
Manners, customs and much more

This informative course runs for 5 sessions, 7pm – 9pm. The first four sessions are instructional and the fifth session is the exam.   Course Fee payable at time of registration with the school of choice (see schools and dates below).


This course is for power boaters, sail boaters and personal watercraft users.  If you cruise, fish, water ski or just go joy riding, this course is for you.  Completion of the course and passing the exam will also satisfy New York State law pertaining to Mandatory PWC Education Requirements for all ages, and will allow young boaters less than 18 years of age to operate a boat without adult supervision. 


Those who successfully complete this 5 session course are generally eligible for a 10-15% discount on their watercraft insurance policy.  It will also qualify you for membership in the Rochester Sail and Power Squadron, with the first 18 months at the price of 12! The Squadron offers more advanced courses on many topics.


Participants must be 18 years of age or older unless accompanied by an adult.


April 5th - May 3rd
Rush-Henrietta High School
1799 Lehigh Station Road, Henrietta, NY 14467
 Registration: (585) 359-7805
April 25th - May 23th

Greece Olympia High School
1139 Maiden Lane, Rochester, NY 14615
Registration: (585) 865-1010

Registration fee payable to school; Course Fee  payable at first class
Tuesdays & Thursdays,
May 2rd – May 16th
Irondequoit High School
260 Cooper Road, Rochester, NY 14617
Registration: (585) 336-3014



Registration starts in March, if interested check out the school web sites for Spring community education classes or come back to our web site in March for registration details.


Click Here to download ABC flyer


Young Boaters Safety Course

We're sorry. This course has not been scheduled.

The Rochester Power Squadron offers a young boater's course designed especially for kids 10-17 years old. Presently New York State law does not allow persons under the age of 17 to operate a powerboat alone without having successfully completing a state certified safe boating course.

This NYS certified course covers the safe operation of all types of boats including personal watercraft (jet skies). In addition the course also covers boating laws, navigation rules, safety equipment, how to handle water emergencies and other related topics.

Upon attending all class sessions, completing the workbook and passing the NYS proctored exam; the student will be issued a Boating safety certificate certifying them to operate a powerboat alone. There is no cost for course materials or instruction.

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Revised 02 March 2017