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Boating Course is a basic course for sail and power boaters, and personal watercraft operators.  It is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and recognized by New York State and the U. S. Coast Guard as acceptable to the National Recreational Boating Safety Program.  It meets the requirements of all states that have mandatory safe boating education laws.

The course is presented by the Susquenango Power Squadron, a local not for profit boating organization. 

Boating Course is an eight-hour course, given in five sessions on Monday evenings  from 7:00 to 9:00 PM 

At the end of the last class, there will be multiple choice  test on the covered material. There is no charge for the instruction. The only expense to you is the cost of materials.  Upon successful completion of the test, a certificate and card are presented.

Currently, the course is offered several times during the year at Johnson City High School.  The course is open to anyone 10 years of age or older.  Young students must be accompanied by an adult.


For more information and to pre-register, call  607 669-4482 or pre-register below.


Registration Information 

The topics covered in the sessions are:

  •  Boat terms and descriptive features for power boats, sailboats and pwcs.
  •  Boat types, including types of construction materials and hulls, bottom shapes, propulsion systems, and more. Selecting the right boat for your intended purpose.
  • Finding your way --  the use of charts and electronic devices.
  • Boat Handling, including fueling, casting off and getting underway, running the boat, docking, tying up, mooring and anchoring.
  • Water Sport Safety -- general safety principles, personal watercraft safety, boating courtesy, trailering, and theft prevention.
  • Required Equipment is also covered such as-- life preservers, navigation lights, fire extinguishers, flame arrestors and distress signals.
  • Law enforcement including state and local regulations are taught.
  • Aids to navigation, navigation rules, adverse conditions, medical emergencies, and marine radio usage are covered.

USPS believes that the more educated a boater becomes, the more likely that boater will be a safe boater.  Boating Course  is the beginning of a boating education.  Chart Smart is available for those who would like to learn a little about piloting.  USPS encourages students to follow this brief and basic course with additional boating education such as the courses offered to members of the United States Power Squadrons.  Your instructor can also give you information about these advanced courses.

Susquenango Power Squadron  invites you to take the upcoming Boating Course .

Register online below for each person or print the registration form.

  You must also call 607-669-4482 or complete the online registration for each person to pre-register and to save a seat in the class.

                               Online Registration (recommended)

 Important Note: To receive a registration conformation, please include a current email address. 

A registration form is available for your convenience if you do not wish to register now.  Print the form(s) (one for each person) and bring it to the first class. 

Registration Form  (use only if you cannot register online)


 We respect your privacy.  This information and email address will not be used for any purpose other than for your Safety Certificate and to contact you about this class only.


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