USPS Educational Programs

The Public Boating Course

Our Public Boating Courses are offered to anyone concerned about safe boating. The USPS Boating Course have helped more than 3,000,000 people since 1914 to get acquainted with the nautical rules and regulations, the forces of nature that affect our activity, and the traditional courtesies at sea. It also helped to learn the basics about the mariner's compass, chart plotting, engine troubleshooting, speed-time-distance calculations, bearing taking, and many other subjects.

With today's waters overcrowded with high speed boats, sail boats, personal watercrafts, skiers, and almost any imaginable floatation device, it makes more sense than ever to learn about the rules of the road, safety, and other subjects that will keep your days on the water enjoyable times for you and your family. Safe boating is the main purpose of our public boating course.

Are you planning to buy a boat? Are you beginning to go boating in your friends' boats? Do you have a boat but you never formally studied anything about boating? Or you do not have a boat but you want to learn something interesting and useful, and at the same time have fun? Our Boating Course is for you.

The Public Boating Course covers a complete basic summary of boating operation, trailering, weather, engines, equipment, and government regulations and sailing. During the course, an officer from the Marine Division of the New Jersey State Police gives a very informative lecture on State Regulations.

Please read this important notice
Legislation was passed on January 9, 2006 and signed by Governor Codey that requires all boaters to pass a boating safety course. The boating law, P.L. 2005 C.292 (A2624 - 4R), applies to all people 16 years or older who operate registered vessels above 12 feet that are defined as power vessels. This includes PWCs. Mandatory testing phases in by age through June 1, 2009.

A New Jersey State Boating Safety Certificate is issued after successfully completing the final exam.

Details of the new law.

New Jersey State Police - Marine Services Unit

Description Bergenfield
1st Boat Smart Class  
March 4, 2010
2nd Boat Smart Class
March 11, 2010
3rd Boat Smart Class
March 18, 2010
4th Boat Smart Class
March 25, 2010
No Class
April 1, 2010
No Class
April 8, 2010
Final Boat Smart Class and Exam
April 15, 2010
Chart Smart
Schedule TBD

Boat Smart, our Public Boating Course, is offered in both the Spring and Fall seasons.

Click here for directions to the Bergenfield Middle School.

A final exam is given at the end of the last class. A New Jersey State Boating Safety Certificate is issued to students passing this exam. For those students who are interested, this class will be followed by a 4 week Chart Smart course.

Boat and Chart Smart Course Fee: $75.00 per student

You can request more information or register by calling Bruce Borkowski at (201) 666-6427, email, or by filling in the form below. Parking is available and classes run from 7:15 - 9:15 PM.

The Spring 2010 Public Boating Course will be given at the:

Roy W. Brown Middle School - Cafeteria
Corner of South Washington and West Clinton Avenues
Bergenfield, New Jersey.

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