Hands-On Training: Basic Powerboat

Learn in small groups with qualified instructors...

Learn to maneuver in close quarters...

Learn to operate on plane in open water...

Learn to dock a boat with confidence...

Learn proper safety procedures...

How Does It Work?

Our Hands-On Training: Basic Powerboat is a skills-based training program that covers the essential techniques of powerboat operation. This program was developed under a grant from the U. S. Coast Guard and incorporates the National On-Water Standards for powerboat operation and instruction.

This program is a one-day, 8-hour training session. It includes 3 hours of classroom training and 5 hours of on-water training and practice behind the wheel of a boat. Our approach includes a combination of blended learning techniques and sequential exercises that maximize your skill development. Instruction is provided by qualified and credentialed instructors.


 Here’s What You’ll Learn

  • Safety equipment and procedures
  • Basic operation and controls
  • Maneuvering in close quarters
  • Operating on plane
  • Docking
  • Anchoring
  • Emergency maneuvers
  •  Man overboard/recovery
  • … and more!


  • No previous boating experience is required
  • Participants must have completed a state-approved boating safety course
  •  Participants must be mentally and physically capable of operating a boat safely.
  • Students requiring accommodations need to contact the instructor prior to training.

Here’s what our customers have said:

“This is the way that boat handling should be taught.”

“I never imagined that I would be able to do that!”

“I can’t wait to get back home and practice what I learned on my boat.”

“You not only taught us, you made us feel comfortable learning.”

“I understand my boat now…I finally feel like I can do this!”

“I can’t even put into words how different I feel about handling my boat now.”

The content of this course conforms to the American National Standard for on-water skills as verified through an independent third-party assessment process.