This is a 12-hour program with four 3-hour “on the water” Basic Cruising Powerboat course modules.

This “on-the-water” powerboat-handling course teaches the responsible operation of a powerboat in daylight within sight of land through theory and hands-on instruction of a twin-screw powerboat. Build your knowledge and practical skills for safe and effective boat handling in light to moderate wind and sea conditions.

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Basic Cruising Powerboat Course

Module 1

Close Quarter Maneuvers

3-hour on the water instruction for close quarter maneuvering. Practical skills learned include powerboat theory, safety, systems, pivot point, turns and stopping the boat in close quarters.
(25’ to 39’ vessels)

Basic Cruising Powerboat Course

Module 2

Fairway Maneuvering

3-hour on the water instruction for fairway maneuvering. Practical skills learned include, rules of the road in main fairways, backing the boat, pivot turns, person in water recovery, bow first and stern first in slip.
(35’ to 49’ vessels)

Basic Cruising Powerboat Course

Module 3

Docking & Departing

3-hour on the water instruction for docking and departing. Practical skills learned include dock line and fender management, prepare for arrival, approaches to docks and piers and spring line departures.
(35′ to 49’ vessels)


Module 4

Open Water & Anchoring

3-hour on the water instruction navigating to Redondo/Palos Verdes. Practical skills learned include trimming the boat, underway in waves, high speed maneuvers, navigation systems including chart plotter, radar, sonar and anchoring.
(45’ to 59’ vessels)

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Certification Means Something

LA Powerboat Academy is one of the few companies providing powerboat certification on the West Coast. The truth is, powerboating has little regulation, so if you want to learn, there’s no shortage of “guys that have driven a boat” that fancy themselves as instructors. And some of them are probably good, too. But if you want a certified instructor that uses the National validated skill-based standards for powerboats, you want LA Powerboat Academy teaching you (especially if you want National Certification yourself). There is simply no substitute for proven experience with US Powerboating, and that means being a true National Certified Powerboat Instructor.