Safe Powerboat Handling (Ages 12+)

US Coast Guard & NASBLA Approved

*Certification(s) Earned: NASBLA certificate, state boating education certificate (in applicable states), Safe Powerboat Handling certificate

Prerequisites: none
Suggested Age: 12–adult (may be affected by state minimum age)

This 16-hour hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boathandling skills on actual boats. The US Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) have approved this course and an increasing number of states have recognized it as meeting their requirements for a state boating safety education certificate. These national and state approvals call for the course to include a total of six to eight hours of classroom sessions covering required education topics.

Two-Day Course
8:00 am-4:00 pm
$280
Five-Day Course
1:00 pm-4:00 pm*
$280

April 13 + 14
April 20 + 21
May 6 + 7
May 20 + 21
May 27 + 28
June 3 + 4
June 6 + 7
June 8 + 9
June 10 + 11
June 13 + 14
June 15 + 16
July 1 + 2
July 8 + 9
July 22 + 23

June 26 - 30
July 10 - 14
July 24 - 28

*Class will run until 5:00 pm on Friday due to testing


Students learn:

On-the-Water Sessions:

    • Engine & electrical systems
    • Starting procedures
    • Docking
    • Leaving & returning to a slip
    • Close-quarters maneuvers
    • Anchoring
    • Steering a range
    • Proceeding to a destination
    • Person in Water rescue

Classroom Sessions:

    • Safety, prep & weather
    • Maneuvering concepts
    • Registration & capacities
    • Equipment requirements
    • Prep & fueling procedures
    • Navigation rules of the road
    • Aids to navigation
    • Environment regulations

*certifications require passing written exams and on the water practical components.

**(an additional $50 will need to be paid to the state for your certificate)**