Welcome to Passage Nautical

Powerboat Lessons – Flexible Lesson Schedules and Custom Classes

Powerboating Logo

US Powerboating Certified Training Center For Your Powerboating Lessons

As a Certified Training Center for US Powerboating, the national leader in on-the-water powerboat training and education, we’re able to offer you the best and most comprehensive hands-on powerboat lessons. Sign up today, and let us help get you on the water.

Flexible Course Schedules

Our powerboat training academy has a variety of course offerings from 4-hour classes to 3-day intensive trainings. All our multi-day courses are broken into one-day modules. These full day classes run throughout the month so you can choose to take each module on different weekend days or both over one weekend.  Our goal is to provide class schedules that accommodate your busy lifestyle and level of immersion. There is no club to join or dues to pay. You can learn on your own terms and at your own pace.

Private Lessons to Fast-Track Your Learning

If you’re just starting out or returning to boating, tank our 4-hour Basic Powerboating Introductory or Refresher Skills class as a private lesson. It will give you a good perspective of whether or not boating is for you or what to focus on in a future lessons. You can take any of our half-day or full-day classes as private lessons, or if you know the skills you want to focus on, sign up for a 4-hour private lesson time. You will have a completely customized experience.

BOOK A PRIVATE LESSON

Our Class Offerings:

Half & Full Day Classes:

4-Hour: Basic
Powerboating Introductory or Refresher Skills Class

Private or Class

Book Now

Course Description & Price
This session introduces you to the basic and essential skills you will need to ensure the safety of the boat and everyone aboard. It is taught entirely underway by a USCG licensed and professional certified instructor.
Basic Powerboating Skills is ideal for:

  • New boaters who are interested in an introduction to the basics of powerboating and to find out what areas they need to focus on for further training
  • Experienced boaters who want to get an on-board check-out and certificate for bareboat chartering
  • Boaters returning to boating and want to refresh their boating skills and confidence under the guidance of a professional captain
  • Private lesson to assess skills or refresh skills

It focuses on the hands-on skill building and refreshing basic skills. When taken as a private lesson, the captain will focus on the areas you feel need most attention.
In 4 hours you will have an introduction to the practical hands-on experience you need to increase your ability and confidence.

  • Fundamental close quarters boat control techniques in tight spaces
  • Essential docking methods and crew communication
  • Identification and use of Aids to Navigation
  • How to apply the Rules of the Road while underway including required sound signals
  • Open water boat handling including how to safely handle wakes and waves in building seas
  • Powering up, slowing, stopping and adjusting vessel trim using trim tabs and engine tilt features

Duration: 4 Hour
Price: $325/ Person (minimum of 2 people)
$450 / Single Private Lesson
Course Boat: Barracuda

8-Hour: Accelerated Safe
Powerboat Handling Course

Private or Class

Book Now

Course Description & Price
This session covers basic and essential skills you need to ensure the safety of the boat and everyone aboard. It is taught entirely underway by a USCG licensed and professional certified instructor.
Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling is ideal for new boaters as well as experienced boaters who want to refresh their boating skills and confidence. It focuses on the hands-on skill building and leads to greater boating safety and enjoyment.

  • Fundamental close quarters boat control techniques in tight spaces
  • Essential docking methods and crew communication
  • Route planning & how to determine approximate position using a nautical chart
  • Identification and use of Aids to Navigation
  • How to apply the Rules of the Road while underway including required sound signal
  • Powering up, slowing, stopping and adjusting vessel trim using trim tabs and engine tilt features
  • Course Prep Study: Boat Handling Concepts, Rules of The Road, Safety Equipment

Duration: 8 Hour
Price: $650/ Person (minimum of 2 people)
$1100 / Single Private Lesson

4-Hour: Advanced Docking &
Precision Boat Control

Private Lesson Only

Book Now

Course Description & Price

This workshop is designed to give you targeted training to get the skills needed to make your boat do exactly what you want it to do. It teaches you to evaluate docking situations and develop effective strategies and plans.  If you’ve ever felt anxious or intimidated in challenging docking situations, this program is just what the doctor ordered.

Taught by experts in the art of close quarters maneuvering, this session covers boat handling techniques used by professional captains. The techniques and principles are universal and can be adapted to any vessel. What you’ll learn:

  • How to quickly evaluate challenging docking conditions
  • How to develop effective docking plans and maneuvering strategies
  • Specific precision boat control skills for maneuvering in wind and current
  • Techniques for recovering and maintaining vessel control in gusty winds
  • How and when to use the “Weather Vane Maneuver” in docking and to get out of trouble
  • Station keeping in strong winds and currents
  • How to use the “ferrying” technique to dock the vessel under complete control in wind or current
  • Techniques for using spring lines in docking and undocking maneuvers
  • Shorthanded docking considerations and crew communication essentials

Duration: 4 Hour

$500 / Private Lesson

4-Hour: Anchoring
Made Easy Class

Class Sign-up: Minimum 2 Students

Book Now

Course Description & Price

This session covers basic understanding of anchoring in diverse conditions and seabed. It is taught on board by a USCG licensed and professional certified instructor.

This session gives you a greater understanding and essential skills to successful anchoring. At some point in your boating career you will want to anchor. You may want to charter in some vacation spot like the Caribbean where this skill is essential. You may want to enjoy Bay and Delta adventures and stop and fish, swim, have lunch or stay overnight. A second reason to drop anchor may be to control the boat if bad weather is blowing you ashore or if your engine has quit and the wind and current are pushing you into shallow water or other boats. In any case, having a good understanding of anchoring and how to do it successfully is important to boating safety and enjoyment of the sport. What we will cover:

  • Techniques for Setting the Anchor
  • Scope, Chafe, Snubbers, Kellets and Trip Lines
  • Anchorage Selection: Charts & Guides, Picking Your Spot, Swing Radius
  • Setting Two Anchors
  • Weighing Anchor
  • Tackle and Anchor Selection
  • What to train your crew on
  • How to be confident about your anchoring skills

Duration: 4 Hour
Price: $525 / Person (minimum 2 people)
Course Boat: Barracuda

Multi-Day Classes

2-Day: Basic Powerboat
Cruising

Book Now

Course Description

Your introduction to powerboating. Learn to operate a powerboat under 31′ including engine operation, maneuvering, docking, and safety procedures.

These are the general course topics covered in Day 1 of your 2 day certification process.

  • Introduction to course objectives and certification standards.
  • General competency check.
  • Starting procedures.
  • Basic navigation and open water maneuvering, including leaving and returning to a slip.
  • Basic safety procedures.

These are the general course topics covered in Day 2 of your 2 day certification process.

  • Safety prep and procedures.
  • Plotting and tracking a safe course to a destination.
  • Maneuvering concepts and close quarters maneuvering.
  • Final on-water competency and skills test.

Duration: 8 Hour
Price: $650 / Person (minimum of 2 people)

$1,000 / Private Lesson Per Day Module
Course Boat: Barracuda 7

2-Days & and 1 Night: Inshore Powerboat
Cruising & Night Operation

Book Now

Course Description

Inshore Powerboat Cruising & Night Operations is a two day, one night course for anyone who wants to safely operate and navigate a cruising powerboat on a cruise of multiple days and at night within sight of land.

These are the general course topics covered on the first day of the course:

  • Docking and use of spring lines
  • Anchoring with two anchors
  • Navigation including getting to waypoints and adjusting heading
  • Person in water rescue methods

Duration: 8 Hour Per Session
Price: $850 / Person Per Session (minimum 2 students)
Course Boat: Swift Trawler 34

How to Book Multi-Day Courses: Each day of the course is booked separately.  Book the multi-day courses starting with module 1. You can either book all the modules for a course at the time of your initial booking or book subsequent modules anytime as your schedule permits.