Course Types

About Our Courses

US Powerboat Training’s philosophy is that there is no substitute for practical, hands-on experience. After all, you wouldn’t drive a car without taking driver’s education so consider us your source for Driver’s Education for BoatersTM.

Our courses are offered at over 100 Course Providers and Powerboat Training Centers around the country and are taught by knowledgeable, professional instructors who are dedicated to ensuring you get the most out of your educational experience. With offerings ranging from beginner to advanced, we are sure we have something for everyone.

We strive to emphasize the fun side of boating while ensuring that you feel safe, comfortable and confident!

In addition to practical training, we offer comprehensive books and videos designed to help you learn quickly and easily. As a partner of the United States Coast Guard, we understand the value of high quality education and importance of safe boating practices.

What course is right for me?

Safe Powerboat Handling

Safe Powerboat Handling combines classroom instruction with practical, hands-on experience.

Recommended for:

  • Single Engine Course – $895 per person plus fuel 
  • Twin Engine Course – $1,095 per person plus fuel
  • New boaters
  • First-time boat owners
  • Sailing instructors and coaches
  • Advanced boaters looking to brush up on skills
  • Professional mariners
  • Anyone!

Safety & Rescue Boat Handling

Safety & Rescue Boat Handling topics range from equipment, preparation and operator and crew responsibilities during an emergency to the practical techniques used in rescue situations.

Recommended for:

  • $695 per person plus fuel
  • Sailing instructors and coaches
  • Commercial certification
  • Mark boat operators
  • First responders

Basic Powerboat Cruising

The Basic Powerboat Cruising course is a two-day course which will teach you how to responsibly operate a powered cruising vessel during daylight hours within sight of land in light to moderate wind and sea conditions.

  • Twin Engine Course – $1,495 per person plus fuel

Inshore Powerboat Cruising

Our Inshore Powerboat Cruising course will teach you to responsibly operate a cruising powerboat within sight of land for multiple days in unfamiliar waters.

  • Twin Engine Course – $1,495 per person plus fuel
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