Powerboat Programs and Training

The Waterfront at SUNY Maritime College offers a variety of powerboating courses and certifications.

If you have questions, email us at Waterfront or call (718) 409-2447.

New York State Boating Safety Certificate

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This 8-hr classroom course provides strong foundational knowledge for safe boating. Taught by experienced and certified instructors, this course focuses on information that will keep you safe and legally compliant on the water. Dockside demonstrations are used to enhance the learning process.

TOPICS COVERED

Safety equipment & procedures; safe boat operation; rules of the road; basic navigation; emergency procedures & rendering assistance; fueling, launching & trailering; personal watercraft; the marine environment; and, much more!

CERTIFICATION 

NY State Boating Safety Certificate (sometimes mistakenly referred to as a “boating license.”) This is a NY State and NASBLA approved course.

PRE-REQUISITE

None

SKILL LEVEL

All levels

AGES

10 years old and up

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE

Anyone looking to gain theoretical knowledge on safe boating. If you were born before May 1, 1996, this course is not required to operate a boat (but we think you’ll agree, it is a really good idea!) Insurance companies often offer discounts to boat owners who hold this certification.

Notes

  1. If you were born on or after May 1, 1996: A NY State Safe Boating Certificate is required to operate any powerboat.

  2. If you are between 10-18 years of age: a NY State Safe Boating Certificate is required to operate a powerboat without adult supervision.

  3. Personal Water Craft (PWC) – e.g., Jet Ski: A NY State Safe Boating Certificate is required for all ages to operate a Personal Water Craft. You must be at least 14 years old to operate a PWC in NY.

SCHEDULE 

8-hr course; evening and weekend courses available.

Session Dates Time
BSC 1 Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 6 - 10 p.m.
BSC 2 Feb. 17 - Cancelled 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
BSC 3 March 21 - 22 6 - 10 p.m.

New:

BSC 4

Sept. 18 - 19 6 - 10 p.m.

FEE

$75; includes all course materials. NY State Boating Safety Certificate costs $10 paid directly to NY State upon successful completion of the course.

SUNY Maritime student rate is $10.

COURSE MATERIALS

NY Safe Boating textbook; NY Boater’s Guide handbook

REGISTER

Register and pay online. Please see our Waterfront Program Policies for complete information.

 

US POWERBOATING SAFE POWERBOAT HANDLING & NY STATE CERTIFICATION PACKAGE

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Are you serious about learning how to operate a boat safely and building your on-the-water boat handling skills? Get out of the classroom and behind the wheel! Taught by experienced and certified instructors, this 2-day course is the most comprehensive safe boating course available, combining theoretical classroom knowledge with hands-on demonstrations, lessons and on-the-water drills. Whether you are a beginner or experienced powerboat driver, this course is guaranteed to make you a better boater!

TOPICS COVERED

Classroom topics: Boats, motors & terminology; registration & legal requirements; safety equipment & procedures; rules of the road; basic navigation; emergency procedures & rendering assistance; fueling, launching & trailering; weather, and more! Dockside & on-the-water skills: Operations checklists; engine troubleshooting; leaving & returning to a dock or slip; slow and high speed boat handling and close-quarters maneuvering; towing; person in the water recovery; anchoring; and more!

CERTIFICATION

NY State Boating Safety Certificate PLUS US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certification. This is a NY State, USCG and NASBLA approved course.

PRE-REQUISITE

None

SKILL LEVEL

All levels

AGES

10 years old and up. Children under 12 shall be accompanied by a parent.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE

Anyone looking to learn to operate a powerboat safely and/or practice and improve on-the-water boat handling skills. This is a hands-on driving course, plus classroom theory.

SCHEDULE

16-hr course; weekend and custom-scheduled courses available. *Please contact waterfront@sunymaritime.edu if you’d like to set up a custom course at your location or ours!*

Session

Dates

Time

SPH 1

April 28 - 29

Registration Closed

Course Full

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

SPH 2

May 12 - 13

Registration Closed

Course Full

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

SPH 3

June 2 - 3

Registration Closed

Course Full

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

New Course:

SPH 5

June 30 - July 1

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

SPH 4

September 29 - 30

Course Full

Email the Waterfront for waitlisting

Check out the Launch Tender Package Oct. 20 - 21

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

FEE 

$300; includes all course materials. NY State Boating Safety Certificate costs $10 paid directly to NY State upon successful completion of the course. SUNY Maritime student rate available.

COURSE MATERIALS

US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling textbook, review questions and logbook.

REGISTER

Register and pay online. Please see our Waterfront Program Policies for complete information.

 

US POWERBOATING ACCELERATED SAFE POWERBOAT HANDLING

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Do you already have your State Boating Certificate and want hands-on instruction? Taught by experienced and certified instructors, this 1-day, fast-track course emphasizes hands-on demonstrations, lessons and on-the-water drills. Suitable for all skill levels, this is a hands-on driving course with minimal classroom time for those with prior theoretical and classroom knowledge.

TOPICS COVERED

Dockside & on-the-water skills: Operations checklists; engine troubleshooting; leaving & returning to a dock or slip; slow and high speed boat handling and close-quarters maneuvering; navigation; towing; person in the water recovery; anchoring; and more!

CERTIFICATION

US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certification. This is a NY State, USCG and NASBLA approved course.

PRE-REQUISITE

None

SKILL LEVEL

All levels

AGES

12 years old and up.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE 

Anyone looking to learn to operate a powerboat safely and/or practice and improve on-the-water boat handling skills. This is a hands-on driving course.

SCHEDULE

8-hr course; weekend and custom-scheduled courses available. *Please contact waterfront@sunymaritime.edu if you’d like to set up a custom course at your location or ours!*

ASPH 1

Closed -

Registration Full

June 9 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  

FEE

$250; includes all course materials. SUNY Maritime student rate available.

COURSE MATERIALS

US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling textbook, review questions and logbook.

REGISTER

Register and pay online. Please see our Waterfront Program Policies for complete information.

LAUNCH TENDER PACKAGE - USCG Limited Masters License & US Powerboat Handling Certification

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This 2-day, hands-on course is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a powerboat, improve their boat handling skills and earn a US Coast Guard License for Limited Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels or Master of Self Propelled Vessels engaged in launch tender service upon inland waters (not more than ½ nautical mile from shore.) This course and license is designed for powerboat operators working as launch drivers at marinas, yacht clubs, waterfront centers and camps.

TOPICS COVERED

Classroom topics: Registration & legal requirements; safety equipment & procedures; safe boat operation; rules of the road & basic navigation; emergency procedures & rendering assistance; weather & the marine environment; and more! Dockside & on-the-water skills: Operations checklists; engine troubleshooting; leaving & returning to a dock or slip; slow and high speed boat handling and close-quarters maneuvering; towing; person in the water recovery; anchoring; and more!

CERTIFICATION

This is a NY State, USCG and NASBLA approved course. Upon successful completion of the course and 50 question multiple choice test, you will receive US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certification, NY State Safe Boating Certificate, and a SUNY Maritime College Launch Tender certificate which exempts you from the USCG exam when applying for a Limited Masters or Limited OUPV License. You have 12 months upon completion of the course to submit your complete application to the USCG. You do not need to complete any requirements prior to taking the course. Upon completing the course, two licensing options are available based on the following requirements:

License Requirements

Limited OUPV License

Limited Masters License

License Description

Operate uninspected passenger vessels/launch (OUPV) carrying no more than six (6) passengers in a limited geographic area

 

Operate inspected passenger vessel/launch carrying seven (7) passengers or more in a limited geographic area

Age

17

18

Sea Time

90 days (4+ hours per day) of self-documented sea time, 90 days within the last three years

120 days (4+ hours/day) of self-documented sea time, 90 days within the last three years

Application

Application Form and Transportation Workers Identification (TWIC) Card

Application Form and Transportation Workers Identification (TWIC) Card

Physical

Physical exam, including eye exam; drug test

Physical exam, including eye exam; drug test

**If you do not need the USCG Launch Tender License, we recommend the Safe Powerboat Handling Course.**

PRE-REQUISITE

None

SKILL LEVEL

All levels

AGES

17 years old and up

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE

 

SCHEDULE

16-hr course; weekend and custom-scheduled courses available.

Please contact waterfront@sunymaritime.edu if you’d like to set up a custom course at your location or ours!

Session Date Time
LT 1 March 10 -11 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
LT 2 April 7 - 8 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
LT 3 May 5 - 6 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
LT 4 October 20 - 21 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

FEE

$350; $375 within 2-weeks of the course; Includes all course materials.

Additional fees paid directly to government agencies upon course completion:

  • Lifetime Sate Boating Certificate ($10)

  • Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC) ($128)

  • USCG License Application Fee ($100)

COURSE MATERIALS

US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling textbook, review questions and logbook; USCG resources.

REGISTER

Register and pay online. Please see our Waterfront Program Policies for complete information.

For additional information about obtaining your USCG Limited License:

[link for USCG National Limited Masters/Limited OUPV Application Checklist]

[link for USCG National Maritime Center Credential Application Process]

Satellite locations

SUNY Maritime College’s Launch Tender Package is also offered at these satellite locations:

The WaterFront Center
1 West End Ave,
Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY 11771

For information and to register for USCG Launch Tender courses at The Waterfront Center, contact info@thewfc.org or (516) 922-7245

PRIVATE POWERBOAT LESSONS

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Learn at your own pace with customized instruction. Private lessons are taught by USCG Licensed US Powerboating Instructors on your boat or ours. Instruction is tailored to your skills, interests and goals.

TOPICS COVERED

You choose! Let our instructors guide you through basic through advanced skills.

CERTIFICATION:

None

PRE-REQUISITE

None

SKILL LEVEl

All levels

AGES

10 years old and up.

SCHEDULE

Scheduled at your convenience, April through November.

FEE

  • $450 for 3-hour lesson (up to 3 people) on our boat;

  • $300 for 3-hour lesson (up to 3 people) on your boat, plus travel expenses.

  • $100 each additional hour.

REGISTER

Email the Waterfront or call us at (718) 409-2447 to schedule your private lesson.

SMALL ENGINE WORKSHOP

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Would you like to learn how to do small marine engine repairs and maintenance? This 2-day workshop features hands-on training on outboard engines taught by Joost van der Wateren of Joost Marine.

TOPICS COVERED

Operating principles; fuel systems; ignition & electrical systems; marine engine maintenance

CERTIFICATION

None

PRE-REQUISITE

None

SKILL LEVEL

All levels.

AGES

17 years old and up.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE

Anyone looking to learn basic engine maintenance and repair.

SCHEDULE

8-hr course; weekend and custom-scheduled courses available.

Please contact waterfront@sunymaritime.edu if you’d like to set up a custom course at your location or ours!

DAY & TIME

Check back soon for dates

FEE

$30

COURSE MATERIALS

None

REGISTER

Register and pay online. Please see our Waterfront Program Policies for complete information.

Boat Handling Practice Day

Course Description

Looking to continue your on-the-water training or need a little practice before the summer season starts? Join us for this unique on-the-water clinic. Instructors will run drills in the 17-foot center console Boston Whalers with a small group of students and plenty of hands-on drive time.

Topics Covered

On-the-water skills and drills

Operations checklists, engine troubleshooting, leaving and returning to a dock or slip; holding position; pivot turn; backing; slow and high-speed boat handling; close-quarters maneuvering; towing; person-in-the-water recovery; anchoring; and anything else you want to work on!

Certification

None

Pre-Requisite

Basic boat handling skills. This is not a class for people beginning to learn power boating skills.

Skill level

All levels with previous hands-on training

Ages

12 years old and up

Who Should Take this Course

This course is perfect for those who have completed Safe Powerboat Handling and want to keep developing their skills; Level 1 instructors preparing for the summer; or anyone who is looking for hands-on drive time and practice under the guidance of an instructor.

This is a hands-on driving course.

Schedule

8-hour course

Weekend and custom-scheduled courses are available. To set up an individual course at your location or on campus, contact waterfront@sunymaritime.edu.

Day and Time

BPH 1: June 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fee

$225

Course Materials

Please review your US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling textbook.

Register

Register and pay online. Please see our Waterfront Program Policies for complete information.