Small Boat Handling Course

Carolina SkiffPrivateer

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Starting Dates: (4 night course)

June 3rd & 4th / 10th and 11th   ( SOLD OUT )

July 8th & 9th / 15th & 16th  ( 1 SPACE REMAINING )

August 19th & 20th / 26th & 27th


5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

(Minimum required for course is 4 students, maximum 6)



About US PowerboatingUSPower

US Powerboating's philosophy is that there is no substitute for practical, hands-on experience. After all, you wouldn't drive a car without taking driver's education so consider us your source for Driver’s Education for Boaters.

US Powerboating was organized to directly address the educational needs of powerboat owners and operators in the United States and is an affiliate of US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport of sailing. Its powerboat courses are offered through participating schools, community programs and clubs. These courses highlight on-the-water training for recreational powerboat operators. The Certification Series of US Powerboating™ has established definitive national standards to validate knowledge and practical skills of operators of sport and cruising powerboats.

Tuition: $510 per person (includes all course materials)
(Includes one of each: Start Powerboating Right! textbook, (includes Answer Sheet) Safe Powerboat Handling Certification Sticker, Official Logbook, Sport Powerboat Certification Standards, Review Questions, NASBLA Supplement to Start Powerboating Right! NASBLA Course Completion Card)

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This 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 boathandling skills on actual boats. Completing a power boating course makes good sense.  You want to enjoy your day on the water feeling confident that you have the skills and knowledge to operate your boat safely and efficiently.  Our hands-on, on-the-water courses taught by certified powerboat instructors provides the training you need.

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 safety education certificate. 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. Students learn:

On-the-Water Sessions

Engine & electrical systems
Starting procedures
Leaving & returning to a slip
Close-quarters maneuvers
Steering a range
Proceeding to a destination
Person in Water rescue

Classroom Sessions

Safety, prep & weather
Maneuvering concepts
Registration & capacities
Equipment requirements
Prep & fueling procedures
Navigation rules of the road
Aids to navigation
Environment regulations