Powerboat Instructor Programs

US Powerboating is an affiliate of US Sailing and offers the nation’s best and most comprehensive on-the-water training and education courses for recreational boaters. Our hands-on courses are taught by Certified Powerboat Instructors who empower students with the skills and confidence they need to get more out of their boating experience and become safer powerboat operators. US Powerboating’s courses are offered through approved schools, community programs, clubs, and marinas.

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Powerboat Instructor Programs

US Powerboating Instructor Courses
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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.

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Safety & Rescue Boat Handling Instructor

This 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 and fire rescue personnel, park rangers, and on-the-water sailing instructors and coaches

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Mark Set Boat Handling Instructor

The Mark Set Boat Handling Instructor Course prepares the Safe Powerboat Handling Instructor to teach the Student level Mark Set Boat Handling Certification Course.  The course is offered as a one-and-one course.  The actual instructor course is a one day, 10-hour course.  It is typically preceded by a one-day student level MSBH course to help potential candidates meet the prerequisite. This course is taught by US Powerboating Mark Set Boat Handling Instructor Trainers.

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Cruising Powerboat Instructor

This is a three-day evaluative course for experienced boat operators.  Most of the time will be spent on the water demonstrating and critiquing boathandling maneuvers and demonstrating and discussing teaching techniques applicable to single and twin-screw cruising powerboats.

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Powerboat Instructor Trainer Programs

US Powerboating Instructor Trainers represent the highest level of experience in the field of powerboat training. Acceptance into Trainer Level courses is done through a resume and application process only.

Instructor Trainer Courses frequency varies- some courses are held annually while others are only held every few years. For Cruising Powerboat Instructor Trainers, there is no course but rather a co-teach with a senior Instructor Trainer.

***Candidates must be a minimum of 24 years old and hold a current instructor certification for the level they’re seeking to be a Trainer.***

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U.S. Coast Guard Captain's License Training

US Sailing is pleased to partner with Mariners Learning System to provide US Sailing members with access to U.S. Coast Guard Approved Captain’s Licensing Courses and Exams Online, Virtual FCC Tests, and a variety of other industry-leading maritime training programs.

US Sailing members receive a 10% discount on registration in Mariners Learning System’s educational resources and training opportunities. Members can access their Mariners Learning System discount, along with a host of other benefits and discounts on gear, publications, and events, by logging into My US Sailing to access your benefit.