Whether you’re novice or experienced, our instructors will teach you how to confidently and safely pilot your boat, and have more fun in a variety of conditions on water.

Our 12-hour hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who wants to learn to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boathandling skills. Students will be expected to study the course materials 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 power boating skills.

On-the-Water Sessions

  • Engine & electrical systems
  • Starting procedures
  • Docking
  • Leaving & returning to a slipway
  • Close-quarters maneuvers
  • Anchoring
  • Steering
  • Proceeding to a destination
  • Person in Water rescue
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