Instructor Programs

Mark Boat Handling Instructor


This hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who will be using powerboats to perform race course functions. It is designed for regatta personnel and race committees. The course is taught by a US Powerboating Mark Boat Handling Instructor Trainer.


This is a 1-day, 10-hour course. Attendance at all course sessions is mandatory. Absence from any portion of the course excludes the instructor candidate from certification.


  1. Current US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Instructor certification.
  2. Current US Sailing Individual, College or Family Membership.
    Youth membership is not applicable, and only one instructor is allowed per family membership.
  3. Ability to swim 50 yards both with and without life jacket.
  4. Ability to exhibit appropriate personal and interpersonal skills.


  1. First Aid and CPR Certification from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association or and  U.S. Coast Guard approved provider. Candidates do not need to complete the CPR/First Aid Training in advance of the Safe Powerboat Handling Instructor course. However, a certification will NOT be valid unless accompanied by current First Aid and CPR.
  2. Valid SafeSport Certificate. This program, developed by the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, is required training for all Instructors. This requirement is also being put in place for other National Governing Bodies. This free online training course must be completed every 2 years. Instructor certification is not active unless SafeSport training has been completed.
  • A few notes on completing Safesport:
    • Enter your US Sailing member number. If you need to find it click here.
    • Complete all the modules.You DO NOT have to complete it all at once.
    • The course allows you to log in and out without losing your progress.



Mark Boat Handling student level courses.


Course materials provided as part of registration include Start Powerboating Right! and the Safe Powerboat Instructor Manual. All course materials are delivered digitally, but are available for purchase in a print format during the registration process.


$350.00 per candidate. Registration is on a first pay basis. US Sailing/US Powerboating will not reserve spots without full payment.

Please remember that US Sailing membership is required for all instructor courses.


Course fees are non-refundable but are transferable to another course up to 1 week prior to the course start date. The fee for all transfers is $25.00.

To transfer into a different session:

  1. Log in to your US Sailing account here: MyUSSailing
  2. Select the My Certs and Courses tab from the options on the left, then click the transfer link.
  3. Submit Payment details
  4. Confirm transfer

Course Transfers are not available within the week of the course start.

US Sailing reserves the right to cancel, postpone, abandon or change the venue, date and time of the course should unforeseen circumstances occur or course minimums are not reached. In the event the course is unable to proceed, a course credit will be made available which is good for one (1) year or you may choose a refund.

Fees are not transferable to another candidate.


To enroll in an Instructor Course, please select "Enroll Now" under the desired offering. Interested in hosting an Instructor Course? Please fill out the online "Host a Course Form."

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