Power Boat Training

Powerboat Training

Public courses are expected to begin May 1, with a full calendar to follow throughout the spring, summer and fall. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

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. 


Safe Powerboat Handling ($350)

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!

Registration

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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 and 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.

Certification 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.

Prerequisite: None

Skill Level: 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.

Contact waterfront@sunymaritime.edu to set up a custom course at your location or ours.

Course Materials: US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling textbook, review questions and logbook.


Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling ($275)

Do you currently have a State Boating Certificate and want hands-on instruction, and lots of on-the-water time? Taught by experienced and certified instructors, this 1-day course emphasizes hands-on demonstrations, lessons and on-the-water drills. Suitable for all skill levels, this is a hands-on driving course with minimal classroom time for those with prior theoretical and classroom knowledge.

Registration
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Topics Covered: 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; navigation; towing; person in the water recovery; anchoring; and more.

Certification Granted: US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certification.

Pre-Requisite: None

Skill Level: All levels

Ages: 12 years and older

Who Should Take This Course: Those looking to learn to operate a powerboat safely and/or practice and improve on-the-water boat handling skills who does not need or currently has their state Safe Boating Certificate. This is a hands-on driving course.

Schedule: 1-day, 8-hr course; weekend and custom-scheduled courses available. Please contact waterfront@sunymaritime.edu 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.


Private Powerboat Lessons ($450)

Please email waterfront@sunymaritime.edu or call (718) 409-2447 to schedule a private lesson before registering. An instructor will tailor the lesson for your ability, interest and needs. Lessons are taught on our 17' center console Boston Whalers outfitted with 70HP engines.

Registration

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Schedule: At your convenience, based on availability

Fee: 3-hrs up to 3 people; add additional hours for $100/hr.