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National On-Water Standards Resources

The information contained in these document enhances understanding and guides the application of four American National Standards for on-water entry-level skills instruction: ABYC On-Water Recreational Boating Skills –Power (EDU-1), –Human-propelled (EDU-2), –Sail (EDU-3) and –Instruction (EDU-4). They support the design and implementation of on-water instructional programs, courses, and curriculums for entry-level skills in recreational boat operation. The standards were developed and agreed to by recreational boating experts from around the United States and validated through comprehensive national surveys and field-testing programs. The objective is to help raise the overall quality and availability of skills-based training and instruction for entry-level recreational boat operation that takes place on the water, with the primary goal of increasing the level of safety and enjoyment boaters experience on our nation’s waterways.