A Unit of  The United States Power Squadrons  Sail & Power Boating


Safe Boating Through Education

basic boating course:

Basic Boating Course Schedule

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.
[Click for more information]

  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.

For a complete listing of the Northern New Jersey Sail & Power Squadron
Public Boating Safety Courses,  Schedule and Registration Information; Please click the following link


If 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.

The USPS Ensign (Flag Design), "Wheel-and-Flag Design", "Officer Trident Design", "United State Power Squadrons", "USPS", "The Ensign", "the Squadron" with flag graphic, "Boat Smart", "Jet Smart", and "America's Boating Club" are registered trademarks of United States Power Squadrons.


Home | Who are we? | Membership Info | Basic Boating | Member Courses | Officers

Newsletter | Links