This 8- to 12-hour hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who has taken a classroom boating course but needs experience to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boathandling skills. Students will be expected to study the course materials at home to challenge and pass a written exam covering equipment requirements, rules of the road, aids to navigations, preparation, environment regulations, safety and emergencies. This course focuses on hands-on application of all skills, consequently it is NOT approved by the U.S. Coast Guard or the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) as meeting requirements for a state boating safety education certificate. Students learn:
- Engine & electrical systems
- Starting procedures
- Leaving & returning to a slip
- Close-quarters maneuvers
- Steering a range
- Proceeding to a destination
- Person in Water rescue
- Safety, prep & weather briefings
- Maneuvering concepts
- Challenge test-out
Prerequisites: State Boating Education Card recommended, but not required.
Suggested Age: 14+ years
Certification(s) Earned: US Sailing/US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certificate
Course cancelation policy: Cancelation with less than one week’s notice will result in a late fee equal to 25% of the course fee.
No refunds will be issued with less than 24 hour notice.