America's Boating Course

Miramar Yacht Club and America's Boating Club of New York® The New York Sail and Power Squadron

Offer the finest Boater Education and Introductory Boater Safety Course Available America's Boating Course.

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the fundamentals of safe boating and qualify for certification in New York and most states that require boating education before operating certain kinds of recreational watercraft. This basic boating knowledge course is fun and very thorough. It contains New York state-specific content approved by New York State. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete America's Boating Course.

Date: Saturday, April 26th, 2020

Time: 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Where: Miramar Yacht Club DayRoom | 3050 Emmons Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

RSVP: by April 15th, 2020, email or call (718) 769-3548


Under a new law in NY, known as Brianna's Law, all operators of motorized vessels (including sail boats equipped with a motor):

  • Born on or after Jan. 1, 1993 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2020.

  • Born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2022.

  • Born on or after Jan. 1, 1983 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2023.

  • Born on or after Jan. 1, 1978 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2024.

All motor boat operators regardless of age will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2025.

Currently anyone operating a Personal Watercraft (JetSki™, Wave Runner™, etc.) must have a boating safety certificate, and be at least 14 years of age or older.

The basic boating knowledge topics include:

  • Introduction to Boating: types and uses of r boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family boating basics.

  • Boating Law: Federal and state boat registration and regulation; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; personal watercraft requirements.

  • Boat Safety Equipment: personal flotation devices ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines and rope; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment.

  • Safe Boating Practices: entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling; steering; docking, undocking and mooring; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling.

  • Navigation: the U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules; avoiding collisions; sound signals.

  • Boating Problems: hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground;: emergency radio calls; engine problems; other boating and PWC problems.

  • Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat: types of trailers; loading, balancing, and towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and retrieving; launching, retrieving and storing a PWC