Course Modules

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded for the completion of all four modules.

Whether you are new to powerboating or would like to increase your confidence in docking and maneuvering in close quarters, this course is for you. Boat Control On-Water Training Course Modules are designed to teach boat handling skills to recreational boaters or personnel hired to operate a vessel used in marine patrol. Taught by a NSBC Certified Instructor, the course will progress from safety gear and the pre-launch checklist to docking and refueling in close quarters; each maneuver is repeated advancing from idle speed to displacement mode, then planning mode.

Module 1: Introduction to Powerboating

Module 2: Precision Docking and Boat Handling

Module 3: Open Water Boat Handling

Module 4: Open Water Advanced Maneuvers


Starting at $295 per module depending on size of the vessel (module 1& 2 will be charged as one module).

Course Verification

The content of this course conforms to the American National Standard for on-water skills as verified through an independent third-party assessment process. It is imperative that the curriculum is adhered to; there can be no modifications or variations as that would change the course verification. 

Recognized by the American National Standards Institute as American National Standards, the On-Water Power, On-Water Sailing, and On-Water Human-Propelled standards identify fundamental skills that entry level recreational boat operators should be able to demonstrate after receiving instruction. More information about these standards can be found at or


Prior to taking the course, students are required to complete a NASBLA-approved online boating safety course.