Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling

“Behind the Wheel” & Challenge Test-out

This 8- to 12-hour hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who has taken a classroom boating course but needs experience to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boathandling skills. Students will be expected to study the course materials at home to challenge and pass a written exam covering equipment requirements, rules of the road, aids to navigations, preparation, environment regulations, safety and emergencies.

This course focuses on hands-on application of all skills, consequently it is NOT approved by the US Coast Guard or the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) as meeting requirements for a state boating safety education certificate.

Students learn:

On-the-Water Sessions

  • Engine & electrical systems
  • Starting procedures
  • Docking
  • Leaving & returning to a slip
  • Close-quarters maneuvers
  • Anchoring
  • Steering a range
  • Proceeding to a destination
  • Person in Water rescue

Classroom Sessions

  • Safety, prep & weather briefings
  • Maneuvering concepts
  • Challenge test-out

Prerequisites: DRNA boating education certificate required
Suggested Age: 12–adult (may be affected by DRNA minimum age requirement)
Certification(s) Earned: US Powerboating/US Sailing Safe Powerboat Handling certificate, BOSS Boat Operator Certificate of Completion in SBH.