Classes Offered by Flotilla 22-06

One of the major functions of the Coast Guard Auxiliary is to educate the boating public in the safe operation of watercraft. This is accomplished through our Public Education mission in which classes approved by the Coast Guard on boating safety topics are taught by trained auxiliarists.

America's Boating Course is an 8 hour program. This is a vital course for any boater that covers boat handling, trailering, navigation rules, VHF radio, and safe boating practices. Successful completion of this course satisfies NYS education requirements for Personal Watercraft (jet ski) operation and may qualify for boating insurance discounts.

There is no age limit to take this course. The student should be old enough to comprehend the materials, be comfortable in a classroom environment for several hours and be able to take the exam.

You must hold a safety certificate if:

    • You operate a personal watercraft, regardless of your age, in New York State.
    • You wish to operate a motorboat (including personal watercraft) and you are at least 10 years old and less than 18 years old.
    • If you are less than 10 years old you may operate a motorboat (non-PWC) only if someone over 18 or someone between the ages of 10 and 18 who holds a safety certificate, is on board with you. Anyone may operate a personal watercraft if someone at least 18 years old is riding on the craft and they hold a safety certificate.
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