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With the Boat Operator's Certification Program, USPS will certify USPS members at various levels of recreational boating proficiency. We expect that these certifications will be recognized across the boating community, both domestically and internationally. In the United States, The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has asked congress to authorize the Transportation Secretary to establish requirements for standards of proficiency for recreational boaters. We intend to have USPS certification accepted as the above proof and be accepted as the national certificate for the USA.
Regarding international recognition, we plan to have USPS certifications meet the requirements of UN Resolution 40, International Certificate for the Operation of Pleasure Craft with the additional knowledge and testing of the CEVNI (European code for inland waterways) navigation rules.
USPS currently plans four levels of Boat Operator Certification:
Inland Navigator is the first level of the BOC program. The focus is on basic powerboat operation and general boating knowledge. The Basic Powerboat Handling skills are the same skills included in the POTW program.
Coastal Navigator is the second level of the BOC program. The focus is on coastal operation and coastal navigation. Inland Navigator certification is a prerequisite.
Advanced Coastal Navigator is the third level of the BOC program. The focus is on extended coastal operation and advanced coastal navigation. Coastal Navigator certification is a prerequisite.
Offshore Navigator is the highest level of the BOC program. The focus is on extended operation out of sight of land. Advanced Coastal Navigator certification is a prerequisite.