Safe Power Boat Handling Course

All classes are 16 hours and include:

Classroom Sessions  

1. Starting and Safety

Safety, preparation & weather
Maneuvering concepts

2. Boating Equipment

Registration & capacities
Equipment requirements
Preparation & fueling procedures

3. Navigation and Rules of Driving

Navigation rules of the road

4. Aids to Navigation and Environmental Regs

Aids to navigation
Environment regulations
Exam Review Session:
Review for the Final Exam (separate session)

On-the-Water Sessions

1. On-The-Water(Deck Hand)

Engine & electrical systems
Starting procedures
Leaving & returning to a slip
Close-quarters maneuvers

2. On-The-Water (Mate)

Steering a range
Proceeding to a destination
Person in Water rescue

Final Exam Skill




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


Prerequisites: None, no experience necessary!

Recommended Age: 10–adult

3 Certifications Earned:

US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certificate

NASBLA Approved Boaters Education Course

SCDNR - State Boating Education Card