Powerboat Training

US Powerboating offers the Nation’s best and most comprehensive hands-on boating courses.

Get out of the classroom and behind the wheel!

PRO-TIP – Don’t cut corners when it comes to your boating education, if you’re not prepared, you’re endangering your passengers and mistakes are always expensive.

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Semi-Private Classes

New to boating? If you don’t have prior boating experience but you want to rent a boat on your own, these classes cover the hands on training to operate a boat and are required to reserve a rental. Both classes are required and must be taken in the order of Boat Handling then Open Water.

Have some prior boating experience? Improve your skills or get a refresher on the basics, so you are cleared to rent all season long.

Tuesdays & Thursdays Only

Boat Handling Session: 8:00am -11:00am

Open-Water Session: 11:30am -2:30pm

Boat Handling Session: 8:00am -11:00am

Tuesday or Thursday

  • Dockside Training
  • Pre-Departure Checks
  • Trip Planning and Navigation
  • Departing the Dock Safely
  • Driving the Boat
  • Maintaining Proper Lookout
  • Close Quarter Maneuvering
  • Reverse/Backing Up
  • Holding Position
  • Anchoring

Masks Required for All Classes

Open-Water Session: 11:30am -2:30pm

Tuesday or Thursday

  • Getting Underway
  • Planing and Speed Control
  • High-Speed Stops
  • Steering a Range
  • Crossing Wakes/Waves
  • Required Safety Equipment
  • Man Overboard (MOB)
  • Mooring Arrival and Approach
  • Returning to Dock
  • Securing the Boat

Masks Required for All Classes

Safe Handling Course

A 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 boat handling 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; Including New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut!

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.

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NOTE: At this time we do not have plans to offer this course during the 2020 season.

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