Castle Harbor Sailing School

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Boating Safety Through Education and Practical Training Since 1949

Basic Powerboating
Powerboat School We usually hold Group Classes of the Safe Powerboat Handling Certification Course on the second and fourth weekends of each month. Our course is a practical, hands-on boat-handling course unlike all the theoretical classroom courses given by the Power Squadron or the USCG License schools. Our Instructors are Certified by U.S. Powerboating unlike many schools who have no Certification. If you already have extensive powerboat experience we have a "fast-track" course.

Power Boat Course Testimonial
"Great Experience and Course! Found the whole experience to be exactly what was needed for my future pleasure of boating in Florida."
Satisfied Powerboat Student

US Powerboat Certification is recognized worldwide by all the major insurance companies. Group Courses are less expensive than Individual "Private" Courses because we can spread the cost of the boat, fuel and the Certified Instructor among more people. This is a two-day course that usually runs on a Saturday and Sunday (normally 9:30am to 4:30pm but can vary 1 hour either way). Private Courses can be scheduled to whenever suits you.

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Safe Powerboat Handling Certification Course

A description of the course follows...

US Coast Guard & NASBLA Approved
This 14-16-hour hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small powerboat and improve their boat handling skills on actual boats. The US Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) have approved this course and an increasing number of states have recognized it as meeting their requirements for a state boating safety education certification. These national and state approvals call for the course to include a total of six to eight hours of classroom sessions covering required education topics. Students learn:

On-the-Water Sessions

Engine & electrical systems
Starting procedures
Leaving & returning to a slip
Close-quarters maneuvers
Pivot Turns
High Speed Maneuvering
High Speed Stops
Precision Steering/Slalom Course
Navigation and Piloting
Steering a range
Proceeding to a destination
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
Trip Planning

Prerequisites: None

Suggested Age: ages 16 on up, we also offer Summer Camp for ages 12-16 on our camp website

Certification(s) Earned: NASBLA certificate, Florida state boating education certificate, Safe Powerboat Handling certificate

After you are Certified you can rent our single-engine boats and if you become a Member of Castle Harbor Boating Club you get discounts on rentals. If you plan to rent more than four times a year you will save money with a membership.

We are developing some other classes of membership which cost a bit more but offer other benefits such as priority booking, online booking and some other perks.‚Äč

We also do Bay Tours every other Sunday that give you the best Local Knowledge. It usually starts around 930am and goes until 1230pm. This is a "Funstructional" (Fun AND Instructional) Tour and the Instructor goes over the best places to go in the Bay and the hazards (manatee zones, ambiguous marks, reefs, etc) to avoid.

If you are interested in reserving a spot we just need credit card details (number, expiration date, CVV code) and we don't charge the card until day-of-class or if you "no-show".

Contact Us for more information and be on your way to better powerboating skills.

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Castle Harbor Boating
America's Oldest Sailing School Since 1949
U.S. Sailing Center
2470 S. Bayshore Drive · Coconut Grove, FL 33133
305-665-4994 ·
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