Welcome to the 

National On-Water Standards (NOWS) 

Program Archive website

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The information contained on this website describes how the national standards for recreational boating skills instruction (NOWS) were developed.

Click here if you are a Boating Safety Educator interested in reviewing the NOWS American National Standards or other instructional resources produced by the NOWS Program.

Click here if you are a boater interested in attending a boating safety course that follows national quality standards.

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Learn more about NOWS in the introduction video below:

The NOWS Program is funded in part through US Coast Guard grants to US Sailing to facilitate a consensus-based process

in which subject matter experts from across the recreational boating community develop

On-Water, entry-level, skills-based instruction standards as part of a

National System of Standards for Recreational Boat Operation.