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- Max 4 students.
  • Book
    • Start Powerboating Right

Check the Schedule for upcoming classes and Register online >

Private sessions for groups of two or more:   Call The School at 949-645-9412 to arrange dates.


 

 

US Powerboating Inshore Power Cruising Certification and Night Operation Endorsement

Learn passage making, piloting and night operation”

This course is for experienced powerboaters seeking an 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.  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 with an introduction to vessel systems and equipment aboard prior to a short evening shake-down cruise.  Over the next two days you will gain valuable experience in planning voyages, explore various anchoring, mooring and docking techniques, and dealing with situations arising underway.  The course will revolve 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.

A passing grade on both the written and practical test is required for certification.  Tests will be administered underway.  Course materials and pre-course homework will be available ahead of time to allow you ample time to prepare for your class.

Your course fee includes fuel, most study materials and certification.  A basic 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 >

Private sessions for groups of two or more:   Call The School at 949-645-9412 to arrange dates.