Safety Certification Courses

New Jersey Boating Basics

Earn Your Mandatory New Jersey Boating Safety Certificate

There are two minimum age requirements for operating a powered vessel in New Jersey:

• You must be at least 13 years of age to operate:

– Vessels powered by electric trolling motors
– Vessels 12 feet or longer with less than 10 total horsepower

• You must be at least 16 years of age to operate all other power vessels, including personal watercraft (this includes out-of-state residents)

Our NJ Boating Basics curriculum meets the State of New Jersey Division of State Police Marine Law Enforcement requirements for powerboat safety education. An experienced, USCG-licensed captain will lead you through the course to help you gain skills and information essential to general boating safety and the safe operation of powerboats and personal watercraft.

Two Class Formats

The New Jersey Safe Boating course is eight hours long.

• Two 3 1/2-hour, instructor-led sessions (requires one hour of home study)
• One 8-hour instructor-led session (no home study)

Upon successful completion of the 8-hour course, which includes a 60-question exam, you’ll receive your New Jersey Boating Safety Certificate. This certificate must be carried when operating any powerboat or PWC in New Jersey.

Course fee: $65

2018 & 2019 SCHEDULE: NJ BOATING BASICS

Safety First Boating School offers a wide range of class times, schedules, and locations for your convenience. All course materials are provided.

* Two day classes

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Hotel ML (Sunday)
915 Route 73
Mt. Laurel, New Jersey 08054
  • NJ Boating Safety Class - Hotel ML, MT Laurel - MARCH 17, 2019
    8:30am - 5:00pm
  • NJ Boating Safety Class - Hotel ML, MT Laurel - APRIL 7, 2019
    8:30am - 5:00pm
  • NJ Boating Safety Class - Hotel ML, MT Laurel - APRIL 28, 2019
    8:30am - 5:00pm
  • NJ Boating Safety Class - Hotel ML, MT Laurel - JUNE 9, 2019
    8:30am - 5:00pm
  • NJ Boating Safety Class - Hotel ML, MT Laurel - JUNE 30, 2019
    8:30am - 5:00pm
  • NJ Boating Safety Class - Hotel ML, MT Laurel - JULY 21, 2019
    8:30am - 5:00pm
  • NJ Boating Safety Class - Hotel ML, MT Laurel - AUGUST 11, 2019
    8:30am - 5:00pm
Brunswick Zone Bowling Alley (Tuesday-Thursday)
100 American Blvd.
Turnersville, New Jersey 08012
Super 8 Motel (Monday-Wednesday)
Rt 49 at Broadway
Pennsville, NJ 08071
Homewood Suites by Hilton (Saturday)
3008 English Creek Ave
Egg Harbor Twp, NJ 08234
  • NJ Boating Safety Class - Homewood Suites by Hilton, Egg Harbor Twp - March 16, 2019
    8:30am - 5:00pm
  • NJ Boating Safety Class - Homewood Suites by Hilton, Egg Harbor Twp - APRIL 13, 2019
    8:30am - 5:00pm
  • NJ Boating Safety Class - Homewood Suites by Hilton, Egg Harbor Twp - MAY 11, 2019
    8:30am - 5:00pm
  • NJ Boating Safety Class - Homewood Suites by Hilton, Egg Harbor Twp - JUNE 8, 2019
    8:30am - 5:00pm
  • NJ Boating Safety Class - Homewood Suites by Hilton, Egg Harbor Twp - JULY 20, 2019
    8:30am - 5:00pm
39th St Tennis Building (Tuesday-Thursday)
250 39th St
Avalon, NJ 08202
Leesburg Fire Hall (Tuesday-Thursday)
550 Main St
Leesburg, New Jersey 08327