Safe Powerboat Handling Instructor

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • TAKE THE Safe Sport TRAINING 

    (Have your US Sailing member ID ready before starting)

  • 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. A guide on how to complete the course can be found here and a few Frequently Asked Questions are answered here.
  • 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.

Cancellation Policy

  • Course fees are nonrefundable.
  • For cancellations more than 4 weeks before the course date, the fee is transferable to another course.
  • For cancellations within the 4 week period, ½ of the course fee will be transferable to another course.
  • For no-shows, 100% of the course fee is forfeited.
  • If US Powerboating or the host venue cancels the course, 100% of the course fee will be refunded or transferred to another course.
  • ***All courses are subject to cancellation if course minimums are not met within 2 weeks of the course start date
  • 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.

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