If you'd like to come and visit us at one of our functions to get a first-hand look at what we're all about, that's wonderful! Just reach out to any of the club officers and we'll make sure we save a place for you at our next event. However, if you're already convinced you want to become a member, please continue reading and find out how!

Step 1

First, download the membership form (PDF, 150KB), print it out and fill it in with the required information.

Step 2

Then, reach out to Mark Erway, our Membership Chairman. You can do this either via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by telephone. (607-215-1624). Mark will confirm what the current membership dues will be.

Step 3

Mail a check (made out to "America's Boating Club - Finger Lakes Chapter") and the completed membership form to our membership chairman:

Mark Erway, Membership Chair
P. O. Box 310
Breesport, NY 14816

Step 4

Our Membership Chair will contact you once all of the information has been processed and a membership number gets assigned to you. Once you have this number, you can enjoy all of the perks that membership brings. Welcome aboard!


NOTE: While there is a way to join the USPS / America's Boating Club national organization online, we recommend against doing so for two reasons. First, it's slightly more expensive to join that way. Second, your membership will not be automatically associated with our local chapter and you'll have to go through another half a dozen additional steps to get this link established. Be lazy! Talk to our Membership Chairman and get it all done at once. 

To register, scroll to the bottom of the page.

To register for this class online, choose one of the following options:

  • Register on the national USPS Web Site.
  • Contact Education Director Jim McGinnis via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Call Jim at  607-346-5408


January 2024

01 Finger Lakes Drum January issue publication date
09 Bridge Meeting (1900) Cancelled
14 Finger Lakes Change of Watch
19 Deadline for D/6 The Deep 6 articles. (D/6)

February 2024

01 The Deep 6 winter issue publication date. (D/6)
01 Instructor Recertification Seminar, online (1900).
03-12 USPS Annual Meeting (National)
13 Bridge Meeting (1900)
23 Deadline for Drum Articles

March 2024

01 Finger Lakes Drum March issue publication date.
12 Bridge Meeting (1900)
22-24 District 6 Spring Council & Conference, The Seasons Hampton Inn, Keuka Lake, NY (D6)

April 2024

09 Bridge Meeting (1900)
19 Deadline for The Deep 6 articles (D/6)
22 Deadline for Drum Articles

May 2024

01 Finger Lakes Drum May issue publication date.
01 The Deep 6 spring issue publication date. (D/6)
14 Bridge Meeting (1900)
18-24 Safe Boating Week (National)

June 2024

11 Bridge Meeting (1900)
21 Deadline for Drum Articles

July 2024

01 Finger Lakes Drum July issue publication date.
09 Bridge Meeting (1900).
12-16 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge Race.
19 Deadline for The Deep 6 articles. (D/6)

August 2024

01 The Deep 6 summer issue publication date. (D/6)
02-04 Summer Boater Weekend, Sampson State Park Marina, Seneca Lake.
13 Bridge Meeting (1900)
23 Deadline for Drum Articles

September 2024

01 Finger Lakes Drum September issue publication date.
10 Bridge Meeting (1900)

October 2024

08 Bridge Meeting (1900)
25 Deadline for The Deep 6 articles (D/6)
25 Deadline for Drum articles
TBA District 6 Fall Council & Conference (D/6)

November 2024

01 Finger Lakes Drum November issue publication date.
01 The Deep 6 fall issue publication date. (D/6)
12 Bridge Meeting (1900)

December 2024

20 Deadline for Drum Articles

The table below shows how all of our courses and seminars map into different certification levels within America's Boating Club. Vertical columns show the different Boat Operator Certification Levels, progressing from left to right. Rows indicate related courses or sequences of courses that are often classified together. Once a student has completed all of the courses, seminars and skill demonstrations in a column, they can receive the Boat Operator Certification listed at the top of the column.

Completion of each course in the Navigation Series will result in the award of a "Grade" (shown below each course name). Each grade after "Seaman" has the prerequisite of the grade to the left of it in order to be awarded.

The Educational Proficiency Award is given to students who attain the grade of "Advanced Pilot" and complete at least three elective courses.

The Educational Achievement Award, also known as a "Full Certificate", is awarded to students who attain the grade of "Navigator" and complete all of the elective courses. Recipients of this award are then awarded a grade of "Senior Navigator".


Inland Navigator

Coastal Navigator

Advanced Coastal Navigator

Offshore Navigator




Boat Handling

Marine Navigation

Advanced Marine Navigation 
  Advanced Pilot

Offshore Navigation 
  Junior Navigator

Celestial Navigation 




Marine Electrical Systems

Marine Communications Systems

Marine Navigation Systems


Engine Maintenance


Cruise Planning



NASBLA Approved Boating Course




Operations Training





Instructor Development


How To Use A Chart

Tides & Currents

Emergencies On Board

Computer Weather Forecasting

Instructor Recertification

VHF/DSC Marine Radios

Rules of the Road

Marine Radar

Thunderstorms / Severe Weather

Boating on Rivers, Locks & Lakes

Using GPS





Onboard Weather Forecasting

Mariner’s Compass






First Aid

First Aid

First Aid






Basic Powerboat Handling

Coastal Navigation

Advanced Coastal Navigation

Offshore Navigation


Fire Extinguishers




* Course titles in italics are not offered by America's Boating Club. Sign up with for these courses with your local chapter of the American Red Cross or American Heart Association for these courses. 

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