In-Person Boating Education

Squadrons Offer Top-Notch In-Person Training

When you want in-person boating education from certified instructors, we offer several types of training to meet your needs. You can dive deep with 6–8 week courses, get your feet wet with 2-hour seminars and take the helm with our flexible on the water boating instruction led by certified volunteer instructors who are boaters just like you. Our clubs offer instruction tailored to the needs of local boaters.

“I signed up to take courses from New Jersey’s Saddle River Power Squadron. I knew nothing about boating, and I had heard that United States Power Squadrons was the way to learn. Over the years, the squadron and the boat became a way of life. Thank you for 37 great boating years.”

–Arnold Bucksbaum

Dive Deep With Courses

Beginner, intermediate or advanced—whatever your skill level, we have in-depth courses to boost your knowledge and confidence on the water. Our courses will prepare you to boat safely whether you’re near shore or out on the deep blue. Courses take anywhere from 6–8 weeks.

Get Your Feet Wet With Seminars

Round out your knowledge or discover something new by taking a brief seminar led by experienced volunteer instructors. Running about two hours, our focused seminars provide a thorough overview on a variety of subjects.

Take the Helm With Hands-On Training

Feel more confident and look more confident handling your powerboat. Our hands-on training program helps you develop handling skills and techniques that last a lifetime. Our experienced, certified instructors combine classroom learning with on-the-water coaching. That means with technical education plus real-world techniques, you get onto the water and into fun, safer and faster!

Learn to Boat Virtually

Explore a 3.5-by-4-mile lake aboard your very own virtual Boston Whaler. Practice leaving the dock, pivot turns, mooring, docking, emergency stop, crew overboard, trailering, navigating the boat ramp and more. Our Boating Skills Virtual Trainer makes learning to boat a year-round activity.

Members Get More With Boat Operator Certification

As a member, you can access our Operator Certification Program with four levels of certification from inland to offshore. You can establish boating credentials, upgrade your resume for chartering or meet state requirements.