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US Powerboat Training

The best on-the-water powerboat instruction available



Get out of the classroom and behind the wheel!

US Powerboat Training offers the nation’s best and most comprehensive hands-on powerboat courses. Whether you’re looking for your first experience at the helm or aiming to improve your skills, we can help. As the National leader in on-the-water powerboat training and education, our goal is to empower students with the skills and confidence they need to get more out of their boating experience and become more comfortable behind the helm.

Whether you are looking to operate a powerboat under or over 26 feet, we have a course to cover it.


Our Courses

Whether you are a lifelong boater looking to brush up on your skills or have never been on the water before, we have opportunities available for you! We offer a range of boating courses for individuals of all skill levels. Our hands-on, on-the-water courses get you out of the classroom and behind the wheel for an educational experience unlike any other!


Safe Powerboat Handling

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Basic Powerboat Cruising

Inshore Powerboat Cruising

Night Operations Endorsement

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Safety & Rescue Boat Handling

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Happy Boaters

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We had the best boating experience!!! Kevin was so helpful and great to work with!!
He went above and beyond expectations. He took us to the sandbar to search for sand dollars!! We also saw two dolphins � in the intercostal. One of the best days ever!!

Colleen Stephenson Rettinger

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I couldn’t have been more lucky to be out on the water learning and experiencing sailing, power boating, rules of the water, and knots with such a great instructor. Kevin is very knowledgable and calm on the water. If you haven’t been on the water this would be the best way to start. Kevin has great people to help him out when needed. I never felt unsafe or uncomfortable. These courses gave me the confidence and skills to take my boat out.

John Nault

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Nothing but wonderful things to say about Kevin and his courses! Even though I have grown up on the water, he has taught me so many new things and given me the confidence to one-day soon own a boat of my own.

Jennifer Odell Hill


If you’re looking for the best instruction on how to sail or operate a power boat, Kevin is your guy. Through his relaxed and calm demeanor and detailed instruction, I gained the confidence I needed to dock a boat and change tack to dodge the ferries. He will practice with you until it becomes second nature.

Jeff Heim


Kevin and Chris were so fun! I would recommend sailing with them to anyone who is looking for a fun water activity! We will be back!

Courtney Kauffman

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What an amazing experience. Awesome day, perfect lesson, and great memories. We will be back for sure!

Tannia Dougherty


We had an absolutely wonderful day out ! Completely surpassed all of our expectations! Captain Kevin was amazing. We can’t imagine going out with anyone else !

Veronica Mccune-Solomon

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Capt. Kevin and Capt. Brian are top notch instructors! Their powerboating class far exceeded my expectations!

Keith Greene

Meet The Team

Capt. Kevin Hennessey

Kevin has been boating for 25 years. His love and passion for teaching and boating awarded him Instructor of the year from American Sailing Association for 2015.

Capt. Al Noble

Al has over 25 years on the water and tens of thousands of cruising hours under his belt. He maintains his 100 Ton Captians license and when he isn’t sailing can be found kayaking or fishing for trout in western North Carolina with his wife. Al has a passion for the sea that is unrivaled and experience that surpasses most.


Our mission aligns closely with the strategic objectives of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division. We aim to support them in their mission to make America’s water ways safer for all and to minimize property damage, personal injury and loss of life by creating a new generation of educated and experienced recreational boaters.



Ready to schedule an appointment, or simply have a question? Fill out the form below or give us a call at (910) 279-2355!

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606 W West St, Southport, NC 28461