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America’s Boating Course Offered To The Public Next March & April

BRIANNA’S LAW has passed and is being implemented in five annual stages that began on January 1, 2020 – depending on the age of the boat captain.   All power boat operators will be required to obtain a NASBLA approved Safe Boating Certificate by January, 2025, regardless of age.  So, now is the time to sign up for a Safe Boating Course to fulfil this requirement and to keep you, your friends, and family, as well as other boaters safe on our great waterways.

Don’t delay… get your certificate this upcoming Spring!  Offered by America’s Boating Club of the Great South Bay, you may register for one of the following two in-person courses: Thursday’s – March 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2022 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and separately, Saturday’s – April 2,9,and 23, 2022 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Both courses will be holding all their class sessions at:  West Islip Library, 3 Higbie Lane, West Islip, NY 11795, and is available for adults and youth of 12 years old and older.

The basic boating knowledge topics include:

  • Introduction to Boating
  • Boating Law
  • Boat Safety Equipment
  • Safe Boating Navigation
  • Boating Problems
  • Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your boat
  • Jet Ski Certification

Many Boat Insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete this course.  This basic boating knowledge course will give you the education required to obtain the SAFE BOATING CERTIFICATE, which is mandatory for Jet Ski operation, regardless of your age.  The course materials have been written to be on a 7th grade reading level.

Upon completing the test at the end of the three session course, you will receive your NASBLA approved Laminated United States Power Squadrons America’s Boating Course Certificate, which is recognized nationally and never expires.

Registration for the course is required in advance of the course and subject to availabilities.  The cost of each of the two courses of your choice is $60. per student – payable in advance through the registration on our site.  Pre register is required at, and availale on a first come, first served basis.  Registration cut-off is one week prior to the start of each of the two courses.  Any questions, please contact Lt./C Michael Boland, AP or call 631-290-8096.

For more than 100 years, America’s Boating Club, has been leading the way on the importance of boater safety through education and as any one of our members will tell you, “an educated boater is a better, safer boater.”

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