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BOAT AMERICA: Every 3rd Saturday on ZOOM or in classroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

We will continue to offer the course in a virtual ZOOM classroom and in a real classroom simultaneously
EVERY 3rd SATURDAY (Except October and December) I.e: January 21, February 18, March 18 etc .. starting at 9:00am until 5:00pm.
Information will be sent to you upon registration.  Register below!

SPECIAL CLASS: Schedule yours by contacting

Groups of 6 or more may schedule special sessions by contacting us below.

Welcome to the NASBLA approved boating safety course accepted by all States and Canada!
We ask $35 per adult and $20 for anyone under 18.  All funds go to the Auxiliary.

This course will give you the certificate you need to operate a PWC if you are at least 14 years of age, or operate a recreational boat if you are at least 10 years of age!  

You will learn about:

  • All types of boats and how they work
  • How to prepare for a safe outing
  • Basic rules and navigation
  • Safe operation of your vessel
  • Legal requirements in New York
  • How to deal with emergencies
  • Enjoying water sports safely

Course requirements: 8 hours with an experienced instructor of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary in a VIRTUAL CLASSROOM on ZOOM (For certain!) or in the Classroom (Salvation Army, Ewing Community Center, Canandaigua). Final Exam is electronic or on paper depending on your choice of participation!

State Required Boating Safety Certificate Course! 

The recently passed “Brianna’s Law” in New York State mandates that everyone must pass a boating safety course by January 1, 2025.  The Coast Guard Auxiliary in Canandaigua will offer classes all year round to facilitate this process.

The new law states that you are required to be the holder (in possession) of a Boating Safety Certificate any time you want to operate a PWC (Personal Water Craft). You must also be at least 14 years old. If you will be operating any another type of vessel you must be at least 10 years old and have the certificate. The requirement to take the course will be phased in over the next five (5) years as follows: 

You will be required to get this Certificate if you were:

  • 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.
The Safe Boating Course
The Safe Boating Course

These classes consist of 8 hours of virtual or real classroom time with an experienced instructor authorized by the USCoast Guard Auxiliary. 
We will send you the workbook ahead of time when time permits.
The classroom instruction time includes taking a written exam administered in class or sent to your individual email address for ZOOM participants.  This will cover both the About Boating Safely information and the New York State Boater's Guide contents.  The classroom session will review the important information you need for the exams!
Upon the successful completion of all requirements you will receive a certificate and wallet card in the mail within the week! 
Should you not be able to attend the class for which you registered, you may join any other class to complete your requirements.


Registration and Payment

Please register here and make your payment below.
Please submit seperate applications for each participant with individual emails.
You may register anytime before attending class, allowing time for mailing the workbook.
Thank you for supporting your local Coast Guard Auxiliary!

You must complete the PAYMENT process before submitting your registration.
Thank you!

If you have questions, or would like more information, please email us at
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