Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling:

This 8- to 12-hour hands-on, on-the-water course for accelerated safe powerboat handling. It is for anyone who has taken a classroom boating course but needs experience to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boat handling skills. Students will be expected to study the course materials at home to challenge and pass a written exam covering equipment requirements, rules of the road, aids to navigations, preparation, environment regulations, safety and emergencies.

Group or Private Instruction Available


  • Minimum Control SpeedAccelerated Safe Powerboat Handling
  • Helm & Throttle Coordination
  • Buoy Course
  • Holding Position
  • Pivot Turn
  • Docking/ Departure
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Minimum Control Speed
  • Rules of the Road
  • Displacement Modes
  • Making Turns while Planing
  • Quick Stop
  • Crew Overboard Recovery
  • Bearing and Range Drills
  • Anchoring
  • Evaluate students on pivot turn and docking at Pier



  • Introduction to ChartsAccelerated Safe Powerboat Handling
  • Trip Planning
  • VHF Radio
  • Knots
  • Safe Powerboat Handling Review Questions
  • Written Exam
  • Log Book Presentations


  • State Boating Education Card recommended, but not required.

Suggested Age

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

Certification(s) Earned

  • US Sailing/US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certificate