Basic Powerboat Cruising

US Coast Guard & NASBLA Approved

This 16-hour hands-on, on-the-water training course is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a cruising powerboat and improve their boathandling skills on actual boats. The US Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) have approved this course and an increasing number of states have recognized it as meeting their requirements for a state boating safety education certificate. These national and state approvals call for the course to include a total of six to eight hours of classroom sessions covering required education topics. 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 a safe course to a destination
  • Determine position with bearings & GPS
  • Determine time/speed/distance
  • Person in Water rescue

Classroom Sessions

  • Safety, prep & weather
  • Maneuvering concepts
  • Registration & capacities
  • Equipment requirements
  • Prep & fueling procedures
  • Navigation rules of the road
  • Aids to navigation
  • Variation, deviation, compass rose
  • Aids to navigation
  • Limitations of electronic navigation
  • Environment regulations

Prerequisites: none
Age: 18–adult
Certification(s) Earned: NASBLA certificate, state boating education certificate (in applicable states), Basic Powerboat Cruising certificate

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