Safe Powerboat Handling Instructor

INSTRUCTOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

US Sailing has implemented a number of COVID-related requirements for anyone attending a course. Please review them carefully before proceeding:

An intensive 3-day course for advanced powerboat operators who will operate boats 26 feet and under, instructor candidates will learn the fundamentals of on-the-water instruction. Candidates must successfully demonstrate superior presentation, teaching, and powerboat operation skills in order to complete this course. Upon graduation, instructors will be eligible to teach Safe Powerboat Handling courses. The fee for the course is $350.00.

This is a rigorous course.  Safe Powerboat Handling student course completion is a prerequisite to the Instructor course

On-the-Water Skills and Classroom Topics

  • Fundamentals of teaching; teaching theory
  • Classroom, dockside, and on-the-water teaching techniques
  • Powerboat handling skill assessment and error correction
  • NASBLA Standards
  • Risk management and legal requirements
  • Lesson planning
  • Powerboats and propulsion types
  • Systems: engine, fuel, electrical, and troubleshooting
  • Powerboat handling principles
  • Boat control: speed, docking, precision maneuvering
  • Collision prevention; COLREGS review
  • Handling emergencies
  • Overboard rescues
  • Safety and rescue procedures
  • Search and rescue boat operations
  • Concepts of bearings and ranges, position and course plotting
  • Using GPS and hand-bearing compass
  • How to conduct Safe Powerboat Handling Courses

Prerequisites

  • Successful completion of the US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling course.
    • ***If the Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling course is taken candidates must also  have Current NASBLA Safe Boating Certification  or current USCG full or limited Master’s or OUPV license
  • Must be at least 18 years old or turn 18 within the calendar year of the course you are taking.
  • Ability to swim 50 yards both with and without life jacket.
  • Ability to exhibit appropriate personal and interpersonal skills.
  •  SAFESPORT:   This program, developed by the US Olympic 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.
  • US Sailing Teaching & Coaching Fundamentals : Developed in conjunction with the US Olympic Committee (USOC), this course gives the building blocks of good instructional practices for becoming an effective educator on and off the water.
  • Current US Sailing Adult Individual Membership
  • 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 course, however a certification will NOT be valid unless accompanied by current First Aid and CPR.

Course Fees Cancellation and Transfer Policies

Course fees
Training Fee for Powerboat Instructor Course: $350
Late fee for application received 1 week prior to a course $50
US Sailing Adult Individual Membership ($65 1 yr, $120 2 yr, $160 3 yr)

Course fees are nonrefundable 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.

Course Calendar

To enroll in a Powerboat Instructor Course, please select "Enroll Now" under the desired offering. All courses are first come, first served.

Let us know if you would like to be put on a contact list when an instructor course becomes available in your state. Contact List.

If you have questions or concerns regarding a particular course, please do not hesitate to contact us: (401) 342.7900 or powerboat@ussailing.org