Hilton Head Sail and Power Squadron

A unit of United States Power Squadrons ®

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Boat Operator Certifications

Boat Operator Certification

Hilton Head Sail and Power Squadron offers the Boat Operator Certification program. This program has been developed by USPS National Education in conjunction with approval from the US Coast Guard and State Boating Administrators, and it complies with United Nations Resolution #40, International Certificate of the Operation of Pleasure Craft.

Benefits of Certification

  • Boating Certification Credentials
  • Recognition as an accomplished recreational boater
  • Boating proficiency and confidence
  • Sharpened emergency preparedness
  • Easier chartering in the US and Caribbean
  • Join cadre of Squadron members with certification
  • Discounted USPS Boat Insurance

USPS currently plans four levels of Boat Operator Certification, including Inland Navigator, Coastal Navigator, Advance Coastal Navigator, and Offshore Navigator.


Inland Navigator Certification

This certification is the first level of Boat Operator Certification, leading to Coastal Navigation and Offshore Navigation certifications. Inland means rivers, lakes, InterCoastal Waterway and coastal waters up to 2 nautical miles offshore. Read more ...

  • Basic Seamanship
  • Boat Handling
  • Boating Safety

Coastal Navigator Certification

  • Coastal navigation classes and seminars

Advanced Coastal Navigator Certification

  • Offshore navigation classes and seminars

Offshore Navigator Certification

  • Offshore navigation classes and seminars

Boat Operator Certification Contact

Please contact us for further details or to register for our America's Boating Course

For information about Boat Operator Certifications
contact John Miller 843-705-2122 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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