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Get out of the classroom and behind the wheel! US Powerboating offers the nation’s best and most comprehensive hands-on powerboat courses. Whether you’re looking for your first experience at the…

Minimum Control Speed Formation

Purpose-Value: Practice and develop the boat handling skill of operating a boat with control at the slowest possible speed (slower than at idle speed) when docking, approaching a ramp or…

High-Speed Turns

Purpose-Value: Practice and develop the boat handling skill of turning safely at high speeds. Setting Up the Drill: Boats transition to high speed turns in the Follow the Leader drill….

Hold Position – Downwind

Purpose-Value: Hold a boat in a fixed position while waiting for dock space, ramp access, or a bridge or lock to open. Stresses the importance of the maxim, “Keep the…

Hold Position – Upwind

Purpose-Value: Hold a boat in a fixed position while waiting for dock space, ramp access, or a bridge or lock to open. Stresses the importance of the maxim, “Keep the…

Leap Frog Follow the Leader

Purpose-Value: Practice and develop the boat handling skill of making transitions from slow speed to planing to slow speed while optimizing visibility and boat control during the maneuver. Setting Up…

Mast Tip Lift

Purpose-Value: Practice and develop the rescue skill of approaching and righting a capsized sailboat, using the Mast Tip Lift method. Setting Up the Drill: Equipment: sailboat with flotation at top…

Minimum Control Speed

Purpose-Value: Practice and develop the boat handling skill of operating a boat with control at the slowest possible speed (slower than at idle speed) when docking, approaching a ramp or…

Person-in-Water (PIW)/Crew Overboard (COB) Rescue

Purpose-Value: Practice and develop the boat handling skills of taking immediate and proper action when a person falls overboard and to successfully maneuver back to the person in the water…

Forward Slalom

Purpose-Value: Practice and develop the boat handling skill of controlling the boat when making a series of turns in forward gear. Apply the pivot point principle while turning through the…