Accelerated Basic Powerboat Cruising

“Behind The Wheel” & Challenge Test-Out

This 12- to 14-hour hands-on, on-the-water accelerated basic powerboat cruising course is for anyone who has taken a classroom boating course but needs experience to safely operate a cruising powerboat and improve their boathandling skills. Students will be expected to study the course materials and pass a written exam covering equipment requirements, rules of the road, aids to navigation, preparation, environment regulations, safety and emergencies.

Group & Private Sessions Available (14 Hours Over 2 Days)


  • Engine & electrical systems
  • Bilge & head systems
  • Starting procedures
  • Docking
  • Leaving & returning to a slip
  • Close-quarters maneuvers
  • Open-water maneuvers
  • Anchoring
  • Plotting & tracking a safe course to a destination
  • Determine position with bearings & GPS
  • Determine time/speed/distance
  • Person in Water rescue


  • Safety, prep & weather
  • Maneuvering concepts
  • Equipment requirements
  • Prep & fueling procedures
  • Navigation rules of the road
  • Aids to navigation
  • Variation, deviation, compass rose
  • Aids to navigation
  • Limitations of electronic navigation
  • Environment regulations