What is a Powerboat Training Center?

Powerboat Training Centers support the mission of US Powerboating by providing recreational boaters of all skill levels with access to hands-on, on-the-water training and education courses. Powerboat Training Centers were originally founded through a partnership between US Powerboating and the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division. Together, they support the Coast Guard’s mission to minimize the loss of life, personal injury, property damage, and environmental impact associated with the use of recreational boats, through preventive means, in order to maximize safe use and enjoyment of U.S. Waterways by the public.

Quick Facts

  • 33 Powerboat Training Centers in 15 states
  • More than 1,000 students trained at Powerboat Training Centers annually
  • More than 150 courses taught annually

Locate a Powerboat Training Center

To locate a Powerboat Training Center near you, select one of the icons on the map below or click on the name of the Powerboat Training Center for more information.

Contact us today! Our Powerboat Training Centers are eager to get you our on the water regardless of your experience level.

Arizona Yacht Club & Sailing Foundation – Tempe, AZ

Best Boat Club and Rentals – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Bourne Community Boating – Bourne, MA

California Maritime Academy – Vallejo, CA

Camp Sea Gull & Camp Seafarer – Arapahoe, NC

Chicago Park District – Judd Goldman Sailing Foundation – Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club – Chicago, IL

Confident Captain/Ocean Pros – Middletown, RI

Community Boating Center – New Bedford, MA

Courageous Sailing – Boston, MA

Downtown Sailing Center – Baltimore, MD

Duxbury Bay Maritime School – Duxbury, MA

Eastport Yacht Club – Annapolis, MD

Edison Sailing Center – Ft. Myers. FL

Gateway/South Coast Sailing – Kemah, TX

Maine Maritime Academy – Castine, ME

Mariner Sailing School – Alexandria, VA

North Carolina Boat Rentals – Southport, NC

New England Science & Sailing – Stonington, CT

Orange Coast College – School of Sailing and Seamanship – Newport Beach, CA

Premier Sailing – Irvington, VA

Rochester Yacht Club – Rochester, NY

Safe Waters Maritime Training (US Powerboating Mobile Training Program) – NY, NJ, CT

Sail Dallas/Texas Powerboating – Dallas, TX

Sail Newport – Newport, RI

Sail Sheboygan – Sheboygan, WI

San Diego Yacht Club – San Diego, CA

Seattle Boat Share – Seattle, WA

Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club – Oyster Bay, NY

Stanford University – Stanford, CA

SUNY Maritime College – Bronx, NY

University of South Florida – St. Petersburg – St. Petersburg, FL

The Waterfront Center – Oyster Bay, NY

To learn more, check out our course calendar or contact powerboat@ussailing.org

Become a Powerboat Training Center

If you represent a boating organization that is interested in providing training and education for recreational boaters, we want to speak with you! Powerboat Training Centers are authorized to host all of US Powerboating’s educational courses and work diligently to support the mission of enhancing the quality of on-the-water training in the United States.

We take the application process seriously to ensure that only the we are delivering top quality training an education to the public. However, we will work with you throughout each step of the application process.

Below you will find the minimum requirements to be considered for application:

  • Must have a minimum of 1 Certified Powerboat Instructor on staff
  • Must have a minimum of 3 powerboats in good, working order. Powerboats must be 17’-26’ with adequate engine horsepower to plane with 2-3 adults onboard.
  • Must have classroom space that can accommodate up to 8 or more students.
  • Most importantly, Powerboat Training Centers are required to meet specific participation goals annually in order to retain their designation at Powerboat Training Centers. US Powerboating will work with you to determine these goals based on school size, demographics and local market conditions.

To apply, please download the Powerboat Training Center Application and contact the US Powerboating office to learn more!

United States Coast Guard Boating Safety Division

To learn more about the USCG’s Boating Safety Division please visit their website: http://www.uscgboating.org/