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Person-in-Water (PIW) Retrieval (dockside)

Purpose-Value: Practice the skill of bringing a person in the water onboard a boat using appropriate equipment and techniques, and to determine limitations in successful retrievals. Setting Up the Drill:…

California recognizes US Powerboat Training to issue state boating cards

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – The California Division of Boating and Waterways has approved US Powerboating’s Safe Powerboat Handling and Basic Powerboat Cruising courses. California becomes the 12th state to approve these…

Slow Speed to Planing to Slow Speed Transitions

Purpose-Value: Practice and develop the boat handling skill of making the transition from slow speed to planing to slow speed while optimizing visibility and boat control during the maneuver. Setting…

Minimum Control Speed Formation

Purpose-Value: Practice and develop the boat handling skill of operating a boat with control at the slowest possible speed (slower than at idle speed) when docking, approaching a ramp or…

Instructor Training

  US POWERBOATING SAFE POWERBOAT INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM An intensive 3-day course for advanced powerboat operators, instructor candidates will learn the fundamentals of on-the-water instruction. Candidates must successfully demonstrate superior…

Inshore Powerboat Cruising & Night Operation

This 18+-hour hands-on, on-the-water training course is for anyone who wants to safely operate and navigate a cruising powerboat on a cruise of multiple days and at night within…

Turtled Boat Rescue

Purpose-Value: Practice and develop the rescue skill of approaching and righting a turtled sailboat using a method(s) appropriate for the type of boat. Setting Up the Drill: Equipment: a sailboat…

Constant Radius Return Using Two Buoys

Purpose-Value: Practice and develop the boathandling skill of turning a boat at slow speed in a 180-degree arc to arrive at a specific point. This skill can be used in…

Constant Radius Return Using a Slalom Course

Purpose-Value: Practice and develop the boathandling skill of turning a boat at slow speed in a 180-degree arc to arrive at a specific point. This skill can be used in…

Safety & Rescue Boat Handling

Course Description This 8-hour hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who will be using powerboats to perform safety and rescue functions. It is designed for regatta personnel, marine patrols, police…