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POWER American National Standard


The platform for applying the American National Standard for On-Water, skills-based recreational powerboat instruction is as follows:

Boat Characteristics: Less than 26 feet


Wind/Water Conditions: Less than 10 knots of wind; waves 1 foot or less


Operation Conditions: Daytime with no restricted visibility or threatening weather

The same team of recreational boating experts that produced the American National Standard (ANS) for On-Water, skills-based powerboat instruction has developed a POWER Standard - Technical Support Document (TSD).  The free 148-page document contains the most complete set of information and tools available to assist education providers, including:


  • Information about the ANS for on-water POWER boat instruction, why it was developed, and why education providers should use it in their POWER boat instruction programs


  • Tips and recommendations from recreational boating experts across the country for how to use the ANS to design, develop and implement courses, curricula, syllabi, and lesson plans that deliver high-quality On-Water, skills-based POWER boat instruction, and


  • Guidelines for using performance assessment / measurement rubrics to design specific behaviors into programs that result in skilled entry-level POWER boat operation.


This guide has been designed to help education providers ensure that their skills-based instructional courses are not only of the highest quality, but also meet the ANS for entry-level POWER boat instruction.  


All recreational boating safety education providers, large and small, national or local, are encouraged to use the materials contained within the POWER TSD to develop or enhance their On-Water instruction. All are also encouraged to share this news with family members, friends, and colleagues.  By taking an active role in raising the overall quality and availability of skills-based training and instruction for entry-level recreational POWER boat operation, all can help create a culture of safety in recreational boating that reduces accidents and saves lives on our nation’s waterways.

Click here for a free download of the POWER Standard TSD.


2010 - present

2010 - present

On-Water Recreational Boating Skills Standard – Power, or EDU-1 On-Water Power Standard.  The U.S. Coast Guard’s National On-Water Standards (NOWS) grant management team and The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) are pleased to make available On-Water Recreational Boating Skills Standard – Power, formally approved as an American National Standard on of November 12, 2015.  

A free download of the POWER Standard is available here on our website.

POWER Standard and Rubrics Evaluation Checklist

National Field-Testing Program (FINAL)

POWER Standard & Rubrics (PS&R)

National System of Standards for Recreational Boat Operation - Water Standards Grant II (POWER)


This document contains the script used to conduct the On-Water portion of the National Validation Program Data Collection Sessions. It includes the language used to guide Boat Operators through the sequence of procedures and maneuvers. It also contains the Rubrics descriptions Data Collectors (Standard Evaluators) used to make observations about the proficiency with which Boat Operators engaged in those procedures and operations.

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