About SaferBoater

SaferBoater is a 501(c)3, South Carolina based boating foundation, professionally focused on developing and training safer and more competent boaters.

Meet our Executive Team

We are a(n) :

  • Accredited US Sailing School
  • Accredited US Powerboating School
  • Accredited NSBC School
  • Certified DNR Partner
  • Certified BoatUS Partner
  • Certified NASBLA Partner

We can issue Domestic & International Certifications

  • Sailing IPC's 
  • Motor Yacht IPC's 
  • State Education Certifications (Licenses valid in all 50 states)

IPC's ( International Proficiency Certifications ) are valid in over 30 countries and recognized by the EU for chartering boats in their waters

Where it All Started

Our non-profit foundation has made a home in beautiful historic Charleston, South Carolina, which is fitting, seeing that our state has more boating manufacturers per capita than any state in the U.S.

Originally starting as a sailing school in 2012, we added powerboating shortly after following the boating trends in the area.  We eventually evolved into a group of safe boating advocates and instructors dedicated to helping new boat owners navigate the waterways safely.

As powerboating laws and insurance mandates have begun to change, we have come together with allies in our industry to focus our efforts on enhancing education for the boating industry, starting right here at home on some of the busiest waterways on the United States.

Accredited US Sailing & US Powerboating School

We are a group of safe boating advocates and trainers dedicated to helping new boat drivers navigate the waterways.

National safe boating council

It is not hard to find feeds of the craziness happening. Boat fail videos are trending up. There are plenty of real-life examples and videos of the craziness you see on the waterways. That prompted us to learn to be the best training organization we can be. We recruited experienced captains that enjoy teaching, put them through rigid training and qualification courses, and have built the best team on the east coast to train you to drive a boat, power, or sail, big or small. We provide a structured educational program that builds a foundation for the skills and knowledge to be safe and enjoy years of boating memories with fewer nightmares.

Our instructors are certified with the highest instructor certification you can obtain. Our courses range from on-the-water instruction from three hours to 56 hours, depending on your objective. NASBLA approves the certifications we offer for all 50 states. The higher-level yacht programs, in power or sail, are recognized by the European Union and are honored in 25 countries worldwide as an International Certificate of Competency, the highest qualification a non-professional can receive. It allows you to rent a yacht without a captain for yourself and your family. It is accepted where a USCG 6 OUPV is not. US Powerboating is the ONLY certification recognized at their level in the US. We would love the opportunity to share our knowledge and love of the waterways with you and help you build the skills and knowledge you are looking to obtain.

We welcome and congratulate you on your journey to a lifetime of fun in the sun, wind, and waves. Here is to many years of happy and safe boating!