Safe Powerboat Handling, 2024

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 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, 9am-6pm; custom-scheduled courses available
Please contact if you’d like to set up a custom course at your location or ours!

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

LOCATION: Waterfront Programs take place at McMurray Hall on SUNY Maritime College's campus at 6 Pennyfield Avenue, Bronx, NY 10465. Mass transit and parking are available.