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Safe Powerboat Handling


PUBLIC COURSES ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN MAY 1, WITH A FULL CALENDAR TO FOLLOW THROUGHOUT THE SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL. Please register for the waitlist below and we will notify you when courses are open for registration with additional course dates. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Are you serious about learning how to operate a boat safely and building your on-the-water boat handling skills? Get out of the classroom and behind the wheel! Taught by experienced and certified instructors, this 2-day course is the most comprehensive safe boating course available, combining theoretical classroom knowledge with hands-on demonstrations, lessons and on-the-water drills. Whether you are a beginner or experienced powerboat driver, this course is guaranteed to make you a better boater!

TOPICS COVERED: Classroom topics: Boats, motors & terminology; registration & legal requirements; safety equipment & procedures; rules of the road; basic navigation; emergency procedures & rendering assistance; fueling, launching & trailering; weather, and more! Dockside & on-the-water skills: Operations checklists; engine troubleshooting; leaving & returning to a dock or slip; slow and high speed boat handling and close-quarters maneuvering; towing; person in the water recovery; anchoring; and more!

CERTIFICATIONS GRANTED: US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certification. This is a NY State, USCG and NASBLA approved course. *This course is approved by NY State to meet the NY State Safe Boating Certificate requirements.


SKILL LEVELS: All levels

AGES: 10 years old and up. Children under 12 shall be accompanied by a parent.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE: Anyone looking to learn to operate a powerboat safely and/or practice and improve on-the-water boat handling skills. This is a hands-on driving course, plus classroom theory.

SCHEDULE: 2-day, 16-hr course; weekend and custom-scheduled courses available.

*Please contact if you’d like to set up a custom course at your location or ours!*

COURSE MATERIALS: US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling textbook, review questions and logbook.

COVID-19 Protocols in Place

In conjunction with campus regulations, approved face coverings must be worn at all times while on the SUNY Maritime College campus. Neck gaiters, bandanas and Buffs are not permitted. If you do not have an appropriate face covering, a medical grade mask will be provided. To help maintain the safety of our campus and program community, participants are asked to complete a confidential health assessment prior to attending a course, each day of the course. If you answer "yes" to any of the screening questions, please stay home and a full refund or transfer into another course will be provided. To complete this assessment, please download the Campus Clear app  and complete your assessment on the day of your program prior to your arrival on campus. 

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