Accelerated Basic Powerboat Cruising

“Behind the Wheel” & Challenge Test-out

This 12- to 14-hour hands-on, on-the-water 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 at home to challenge and pass a written exam covering equipment requirements, rules of the road, aids to navigations, preparation, environment regulations, safety and emergencies. This course focuses on hands-on application of all skills, consequently it is NOT approved by the US Coast Guard or the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) as meeting requirements for a state boating safety education certificate. Students learn:

On-the-Water Sessions

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

Classroom Sessions

  • Safety, prep & weather briefings
  • Maneuvering concepts
  • Variation, deviation, compass rose
  • Limitations of electronic navigation
  • Challenge test-out

Prerequisites: state boating education certificate or USCG operator’s license recommended
Suggested Age: 18–adult
Certification(s) Earned: Basic Powerboat Cruising certificate

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