Small Powerboat Handling

Marine Evolutions, Inc is certified to teach the US Sailing/US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling – Drivers’ Education for BoatersTM course. This course is for anyone that wants to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat or improve their boating knowledge. The course is taught by a combination of practical hands-on training within boats as well as lectures in a classroom environment. Topics include:

On-the-Water Sessions

  • Engine & electrical systems
  • Starting procedures
  • Docking
  • Leave & return to a slip
  • Close-quarters maneuvers
  • High-speed maneuvers
  • Anchoring
  • Emergency Procedures & Rendering Assistance
  • Person-in-Water rescue

Classroom Sessions

  • Safety, prep & weather
  • Maneuvering concepts
  • Registration & capacities
  • Equipment requirements
  • Prep & fueling procedures
  • Navigation rules of the road
  • Aids to navigation
  • Environment regulations

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) has approved the course which also meets the boating safety certificate requirements for privately owned and operated boats in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

This course is approved as the foundation for the commercial USCG limited launch tender operator certification.

The course requires pre-study, four (4) hours of lectures, and twelve (12) hours of on the water training.

For more information, click here or contact Marine Evolutions, Inc, or US Sailing. Courses can be offered for private or group sessions.

Group courses of 6-8 participants will be taught for $375/person, including all materials. Private courses will be taught for $2500.

Safety & Rescue Endorsement

This additional course covers heavy weather tactics and cruising boat preparation that you will find useful anywhere. Learn medical, first-aid and seasickness prevention, and the differences between SOLAS and other visual distress signals. Lectures are interspersed with demonstrations. The course requires pre-study, two (2) hours of lectures, and six (6) hours of on the water training. The fee for this endorsement is $200 including course materials if taken separately, or $175 if taken in conjunction with the basic course.

Race Support Boat Endorsement

This certificate is for anyone that wants to be certified as an operator of race support boats.