Spinnaker Cove Yacht Club

Boating Safety

Effective January 1, 2002, no person 16 years of age or older, may operate a powerboat with an engine in excess of 25 horsepower (including electric powered motors) on the public Waters of New Hampshire without a valid safe boating education certificate. The law will be phased in over seven years with compliance for all boaters by January 1, 2008 as per the following schedule:

If you were born on or after:

You must be certified by:

January 1, 1983

January 1, 2002

January 1, 1977

January 1, 2003

January 1, 1973

January 1, 2004

January 1, 1967

January 1, 2005

January 1, 1963

January 1, 2006

January 1, 1957

January 1, 2007


January 1, 2008

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR CLASS SCHEDULES ON THIS NEW LAW, CALL 1-888-254-2125 or check out www.boat-ed.com/newhampshire.

The New Hampshire Department of Safety, US Power Squadron, and US Coast Guard Auxiliary, all offer NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators) approved courses year-round in various locations throughout the state of NH (and in surrounding states as well). Some courses require a fee. You also have the option of taking the course online at www.boat-ed.com/newhampshire. There is also a home study option, call 1-800-830-2268.

Any person who holds a certificate issued from any state that meets or exceeds the requirements of the Boating Education Law (is NASBLA approved) shall be exempt. New Hampshire will accept proof of certification issued by another state.

Once an individual has become certified, they have fulfilled the requirements of the law. There is no legal obligation to take the course again. IT IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME REQUIREMENT.