The United States Power Squadron (USPS) is a private national organization dedicated to teaching safe boating to the public and having fun while doing it.


Our Boating Course runs for 7 weeks (except holidays) in the evenings. It is taught by many experienced volunteers who have a tremendous amount of on the water personal experience. Class at or call Keefe at Night at (508) 416-2170 for America's Boating Certification.


America's Boating Course (ABC) is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), is recognized by the United States Coast Guard, and is accepted by most states as meeting their requirements for getting a safety certificate, required in most states for operation of a water craft.


The cost of the course covers all the materials that you will need for the course and our hall rent. You will be given a workbook, a full size nautical chart, dividers and a course plotter.


Our America's Boating Course topics include:
  • Boat terminology
  • Boat Handling
  • Basic Knots
  • VHF Marine Radio
  • Piloting
  • Charts and Electronic Navigation
  • Course Plotting
  • Navigation Aids (buoys and day markers)
  • Navigation Rules
  • Light and Sound signals
  • Adverse Conditions and Emergencies
  • Personal Watercraft Operation
  • Massachusetts and Federal boating laws and regulations


After completion of this public boating course, there are other courses: Seamanship, Piloting, Weather, Sail, Engine Maintenance, Marine Electronics, etc. See description of additional courses: Courses.


To register for class please contact: Frank Marobella 508-395-2975 or Jim Mello 508-523-9972.


*NASBLA is the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and it is a national nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories. Website:


Comments from recent boating class students who took the Nobscot's Public Boating course:
"I thought it was an excellent informative course with good instructors."
"I enjoyed hearing about actual events. Great class! Thank You."
"Very informative! We had no prior knowledge of boating and have certainly learned the basic skills of boating."
"The course was very helpful and informative on boating. It was very fun and I learned a lot more than I thought I would!"
"I thought the course was well taught and explained. Overall I thought it was a good and fun experience."


Frank Marobella   508-395-2975
Chairman, America's Boating Course


James Mello   (508) 366-4921 Email
Assistant Chairman


Class Locations:
Keefe Technical School
750 Winter St.
Framingham, MA
(508) 416-2170

Courses and locations are listed on the calendar.

Nobscot Sail and Power Squadrons classes are located in eastern Massachusetts, serving Metrowest Boston including town of:

  • Natick
  • Framingham
  • Ashland
  • Sherborn
  • Marlborough
  • Northborough
  • Southborough
  • Westborough
  • Wayland
  • Wellesley
  • Sudbury
  • Hopkinton
  • Needham
  • Waltham
  • Weston
  • Holliston
  • Hudson
  • Worcester