On-Water American National Standard announced for recreational boating

The U.S. Coast Guard’s National On-Water Standards (NOWS) grant management team and American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has announced the approval and publication EDU-1 On-Water Power Standard which is the first of three proposed skills-based American National Standards (ANS) for On-Water instruction in recreational boating safety.

The Standard gained formal approval on Nov. 12, 2015. Course designers using the EDU-1 On-Water Power Standard and NASBLA’s standard ANSI/NASBLA 103-2016: Basic Boating Knowledge — Power now have the full spectrum of skills and knowledge boating standards available to integrate into safe recreational boating education programs.

As part of the US Coast Guard’s goal to raise the overall quality, availability and consistency of On-Water skills-based instruction, the NOWS Project team of Subject Matter Experts, working in partnership with ABYC using its ANSI-approved process, and hundreds of volunteers across the country, completed the development of the power domain standard in just over four years. The standard was developed on paper and then field-tested at six different venues across the country.

Functioning as an American National Standard, the power standard identifies the fundamental skills that entry-level recreational powerboat operators should be able to demonstrate after receiving instruction. Also under development are national standards for On-Water Skills-based instruction in human-propelled craft and sailboat operation. More information available at

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