Avoidance Turn at Slow-Speed


  • Practice and develop the boat handling skill of preventing the stern from hitting an object (e.g., buoy, mooring) or a person who has fallen overboard.
  • Apply the pivot point principle while going forward.

Setting Up the Drill:

  • Equipment: 4 to 6 buoys, or equal to the number of operator boats

Conducting the Drill:

  • Instead of proceeding through a slalom, each operator selects a slalom buoy and approaches it perpendicular to the line of buoys.
  • Operators execute an avoidance turn to avoid their selected buoy.

Teaching Tips:

  • Use the boat’s pivot point to swing the stern clear of the buoy.
  • This drill takes less time than the Avoidance Turn Slalom – Slow Speed, and is typically used for more advanced operators.

Common Errors:

  • Not performing the turn-away and turn-back correctly.


  • Start Powerboating Right! textbook pg. 51