Build Skills Fast With Our 16-Hour Safe Powerboat Handling Course

16 Hours of On-The-Water Instruction

Achieving Greater Skill and Confidence Through Private Learning

This course is a 16 hour hands-on, on-the-water course and is your jumping off course either as a beginner or a returning boater needing to refresh skills.  In this course you will learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and gain or improve your boat handling skills.

The US Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) have approved this course for the California Boater’s Card. The state of California recognizes this course as meeting their requirements for the California Boater’s Card.

The Safe Powerboat Handling course covers all the required education topics for you to operate safely and confidently on a small motorboat to 25′.  There are no prerequisites to taking this course.

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  • Private Class for up to 2 students
  • Instructor, fuel, boat, materials, and insurance included
  • $3,400 for one person. Add a second person for $1,500
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On-the-Water Sessions

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

Classroom Sessions

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


  • None, no experience necessary!

Suggested Age

  • 10–adult (may be affected by state minimum age)

Certification(s) Earned

  • US Sailing/US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certificate (NASBLA Approved)
  • You’re ready to take the California Boaters Card Test
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