Captain Rob is an Approved Boy Scout of America Merit badge councilor for the motor boating badge 

There are many different ways you can earn your badge:

  1. Take a US PowerBoating Safe Powerboat Handling Course, This 16 hour course is both in the classroom and on the water and teaches you everything you need to know to earn your Motor Boating badge
  2. Take a 8 -Hour boat handling class: If you already have taken a classroom boating education course, then sign up for the 8 hour US Powerboating boat handling class and challenge the written test.  This combination will give you all the required skills and knowledge for your Motor Boating badge
  3. Challenge the Badge: If you have taking a boating education class and can complete all the required boat handling tasks without any training, then contact us to schedule a free challenge.

All courses and challenges can be down on our boats at your location

631 935 2969

Huntington, NY, USA

Earn your BSA Motorboating Badge with us

Contact us or fill out the form below for more information

We also sell the US Powerboat Start Powerboating Right book at a discounted price to Scouts to help them study and learn about Boating Safety

Safe Waters


About the Badge

With the fun of operating a motor boat boat comes the responsibility for keeping that boat in first-class condition, knowing and obeying the nautical "rules of the road," and gaining the general knowledge and skills to operate a boat safely.


  1. Do the following:
    1. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while motorboating, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
    2. Explain first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while motorboating, including hypothermia, heat reactions, dehydration, motion sickness, bugbites, and blisters.
    3. Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person, and explain how such conditions are recognized. Demonstrate proper technique for performing CPR using a training device approved by your counselor.
  2. Do the following:
    1. Before doing requirements 3 through 6, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.*
    2. Name the different types of personal flotation devices (PFDs), and explain when each type should be used. Show how to choose and properly fit a PFD.
  3. Do the following:
    1. Explain inboard, outboard, and inboard/outboard motors, and the uses and advantages of each. Discuss the special features of a bass boat and a ski boat.
    2. Explain the safety procedures and precautions involving handling fuel and engine servicing, and equipment storage and placement.
    3. Explain how to winterize a boat motor and tell why this procedure is necessary.
    4. Explain the safety procedures and precautions involving swimmers and skiers in the water, passenger positions under way, and boat wakes.
  4. Show you know safety laws for motorboating by doing the following:
    1. Have a permit to run a motorboat, if needed.
    2. Explain the rules or laws that apply to recreational boating in your area or state.
    3. Discuss how the hazards of weather and heavy water conditions can affect both safety and performance in motorboating.
    4. Promise that you will follow BSA Safety Afloat guidelines. Explain the meaning of each point.
    5. Discuss with your counselor the nautical rules of the road and describe the national and your state's aids to navigation.
    6. Explain and show the correct use of equipment required by both state and federal regulations to be carried aboard a motorboat.
    7. Explain federal and state rules for a ventilation system, and tell why these rules are required.
  5. Demonstrate proper boat-handling procedures and skills by doing the following:
    1. Board and assist others in boarding.
    2. Fuel the boat and complete a safety check.
    3. Get under way from dockside or from a beach launch.
    4. Run a course for at least a mile, showing procedures for overtaking and passing slower craft, yielding right-of-way, passing oncoming traffic, making turns, reversing direction, and using navigation aids.
    5. Stop and secure the boat in position on the open water using anchors; get under way.
    6. Land or dock; get out and assist others.
    7. Moor the boat and secure all gear.
  6. Point out and explain the mechanical and safety features of a boat trailer. With others assisting, do the following:
    1. Launch a boat from a trailer.
    2. Remove a boat from the water using a trailer.