Sailing & Powerboat Courses

Drivers License for your boat designed for youth 10 and up, featuring a women's, youth, and new boat owners program. Taught by Certified US Powerboating Instructor/captains designed for boat owners and boat enthusiasts.

Drivers Education

for Boaters

The Drivers Education for Boaters™ is an on-the-water, skills-based boating course. 

Prior experience: NONE           Age: Must be 10+ 

By increasing public participation in courses focused on boater safety with hands-on interaction, we hope to reduce risks of injuries, property damage, and boating accidents.

Drivers Education for Boaters™ expressly addresses the areas of interest in the U.S. Coast Guard Strategic Plan by supporting the following objectives:

  • Safety Education Certificates
  • Raising Awareness of Safe Boating Practices
  • Increasing public participation in Advanced Boating Education
  • Supporting Life Jacket wear
  • Improving Operator Compliance

Topics include:

  • Safety, prep, weather
  • Planning a route
  • Maneuvering concepts
  • Prep and fueling procedures
  • Navigational aids
  • Rules of the road
  • Environmental regulations
  • Engine & electrical systems
  • Docking
  • Leaving & returning to a slip
  • Close-quarters maneuvers
  • Anchoring
  • Man overboard

Just starting out?

That's okay! We offer courses for all - from beginner to experienced operator...

Upcoming Courses

Course TitleCertificationCostStart DateTime
Safe PowerboatingPowerboat Certification$5002/20/20218:00 AM
Safe PowerboatingPowerboat Certification$5003/6/20218:00 AM
FAMILY Safe PowerboatingPowerboat Certification$1,8503/13/20218:00 AM
WOMENS Safe PowerboatingPowerboat Certification$5003/20/20218:00 AM
YOUTH Safe PowerboatingPowerboat Certification$4254/10/20218:00 AM
Safe PowerboatingPowerboat Certification$5004/24/20218:00 AM

Featured Courses

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Safe Powerboat Handling

The core of our on-the-water training program, Safe Powerboat Handling is a 16-hour, hands-on course for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small powerboat and improve their boat-handling skills.

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Youth  Safe Powerboat Handling

This program is designed for youth ages 10 - 18. It is a combination of 4 class sessions and 2 on-the-water sessions. It is designed to educate youth to operate a boat safely and build a strong foundation of skills.

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Women's Boat Handling

Taught by two women, this course is designed to empower women by familiarizing them with concepts and techniques relating to on-water boat handling skills and the knowledge to confidently take the boat out by themselves, or with your family and friends.

Offering basic to advanced classes for new boat owners, women, and youth, on the safe operation of Powerboats taught by a USPowerboating certified instructor and licensed captain.

From basic rules of the water to advanced navigation techniques, this is Drivers Education for Boaters. We can help you learn how to get the most out of your powerboat... and make it back to shore safe and sound.

US Powerboating is the national leader in on-the-water training and education. Our hands-on courses taught by Certified Powerboat Instructors empower students with the skills and confidence they need to get more out of their boating experience, all while allowing them to become safer powerboat operators.

US Powerboating is an affiliate of US Sailing, the National Governing Body for the sport of sailing in the United States and is nationally approved by NASBLA, the National Association of Boating Administrators in all 50 states.