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Safe Powerboat Training

Safe Powerboat Handling

Course Description

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. No previous experience is required! 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 Education Certificate. This course combines classroom instruction with practical, hands-on experience for both the new boater and seasoned boater alike.

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.

US Sailing Membership is not required to participate in a Safe Powerboat Handling course

  • Single Engine Course – $1,095 per person plus fuel
  • Twin Engine Course – $1,295 per person plus fuel
  • Private class available upon request and availability


  • None, no experience necessary!

Suggested Age

  • 10-adult (may be affected by state minimum age)

Certification(s) Earned

  • US Sailing/US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certificate (NASBLA Approved)
  • State Boating Education Card (in applicable states

On-the-Water Sessions

  • Maritime Knots
  • Starting procedures
  • Docking
  • Leaving & returning to a slip
  • Close-quarters maneuvers
  • Anchoring
  • Steering a range
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Person in Water rescue
  • Use of Spring Lines

Classroom Sessions

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