The Squadron Boating Course is
a traditional civic service of the United States Power Squadrons
organization. Since 1914 local squadrons have presented the
course to anyone who wished to attend - to date more than 3 million
people. Learning to boat safely is important and the increased
knowledge will enhance your safety on the water and your enjoyment
of the sport.
Do you qualify to operate a personal
watercraft? In order to obtain the state boating safety
certificate, you must take a boating safety course (a minimum
of 8 hours) and successfully pass the required written exam. By
signing up for the USPS boating course offered by NNJSPS, you will
meet the state requirements.
- Operators of personal watercraft (PWCs
or Jet Ski's) must be at least 16 years of age.
- Persons born on or before
Dec 31, 1978 must have a state boating safety certificate in their
possession when operating a personal watercraft.
- Operators on non-tidal waters must
have a New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) boating license
in addition to a state boating safety certificate.
- Jet Ski operators caught without a
certificate will be subject to fines ranging from $100 to $500.
I have a power boat. Do I need a boat safety certificate? Yes,
all power vessel operators are required to
possess a boat safety certificate. Remember, any sailboat with an
engine is considered a power boat.
Complete details are
available at the New Jersey State Police Marine Services website.
Please see below for the list of NNJSPS public
boating safety courses currently being offered.
Pre-registration is advised. Please contact the
course coordinator / contact listed below for additional information.
Fees include the student manual.
complete listing of the Northern
New Jersey Sail & Power Squadron
Public Boating Safety
Schedule and Registration Information; Please click the
[ClLICK HERE FOR THE LIST OF NNJSPS PUBLIC
your organization, company or yacht club would like to hold the
USPS Basic Boating Course, please contact one of the Officers (See
Officers - Contact Info) for more information.
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