Cruising Powerboat Certifications


 

US Powerboating Basic Powerboat & Cruising Certification

Powerboat Certification
Powerboat Certification

With coaching from a powerboat expert you will move through the skills required for certification and build confidence operating a 29-40′ twinscrew powerboat in light to moderate conditions.

The course includes both hands-on instruction and theory to expand your seamanship knowledge and practical boat handling skills. Course topics include boat systems, engine and helm controls, docking and close quarter maneuvering, boat control in open water, anchoring, emergency procedures, VHF radio operation, charts and aids to navigation. This course is approved by NASBLA and US Powerboating. Students who successfully pass the written test and successfully complete the knowledge and skill requirements (see Certification Standards book) will receive a US Powerboating Basic Powerboat Operation and Cruising Certification and be eligible to apply for the California Boater Card. Course materials along with pre-course homework will be mailed to students ahead of time to allow you ample time to prepare for your class.

  • Prerequisite
    • Introduction to Powerboats or equivalent experience.
    • Safe Powerboat Handling Certification recommended
    • Students must be 16 years of age or older
    • Able to swim 50 yards.
  • Class Size:
    • Min 3- Mac 4 students.
  • Book
    • Start Powerboating Right

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US Powerboating Inshore Power Cruising Certification and Night Operation Endorsement

Learn passage making, piloting and night operation”

This course is for boaters who have acquired intermediate skills on smaller boats, and perfect for those seeking overnight cruising and live aboard experience, and an Inshore Powerboat Cruising Certification

The course will focus on the skills, knowledge and equipment needed to safely operate a cruising powerboat on a multiday, near coastal passage by day and night in unfamiliar waters

Class is taught aboard our Offshore 52 “Soluna” and course topics include boat preparation, boat handling, close quarter maneuvers, navigation, provisioning, cruise planning and float plans, docking, anchoring, windlass use, picking up a mooring and crew overboard.

Your class begins on Friday afternoon with an introduction to vessel systems and equipment aboard prior to a short evening shake-down cruise. Students are welcome to stay aboard, or make other local plans on the first night. The next two days starts at 08:00 on Saturday revolving around destinations on either side of the San Pedro Channel such as LA/Long Beach Harbor, Dana Point, Newport Beach, Santa Catalina Island and Huntington Harbor. As a group you will be self-sufficient with stops along the way not only allowing time to admire the beauty of the area, but also gain valuable experience in planning voyages, explore various anchoring, mooring and docking techniques, and dealing with emergency situations that can arise underway. Certification is obtained through both practical and knowledge testing. Written tests will be administered underway prior to the end of class Sunday afternoon. Course materials along with pre-course homework will be mailed to students ahead of time to allow you ample time to prepare for your class.

Your course fee includes fuel, most study materials and certification.  A provisioning budget will be provided.  Navigation tools and charts, transportation, hotel and meals ashore are not included.

  • Prerequisites:
    • Ability to swim 50 yards
    • US Powerboating Basic Powerboat Cruising Certification
    • Three or more days underway on a 30’ or longer powerboat.
    • Coastal Navigation 1 strongly recommended for all students
  • Class Size
    • Min 3- Max 4 students
  • Text
    • US Powerboating Start Powerboating Right

Check the Schedule for upcoming classes and Register online >