The NSBC currently offers safe boating instructor training courses for recreational boating safety professionals in organizations, businesses, agencies, and other entities. These courses are not for the general public. Trained instructors take the NSBC training course(s) and train their own organization’s membership, clients, supporters, and the general public. This ‘multiplier effect’ is the ultimate goal of NSBC training. We hope our members, as well as other boating safety organizations, ultimately use the NSBC’s training to spread and advance safety and competencies within the greater boating community.

According to a recent survey conducted by the Recreational Boating Leadership Council, 75 percent of those surveyed believe boaters education and hands-on skill training could help the dealer sell more boats. Invest in your business by taking one of the NSBC's on-water and online training!

The NSBC’s Boat Control Training Program meets and exceeds requirements of the National On-Water Skills Standard for Powerboats recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard and by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in 2014. 

NSBC Training Courses

The NSBC offers classroom, on-water, and online training geared towards the professional.

To learn more about a specific program, please click the links below.

Instructor Boat Control CourseThe program combines the Close-Quarters and Open Water curricula and focuses on stopping, turning, docking, rescues, and more in various wind and current conditions for a novice or beginning boater.

Marina Pro TrainingThe program uses Close-Quarters and Open Water Boat Control Curriculums to train candidates to becomes trained and certified "Marina Pros." 

Close-Quarters Boat Control Course: Defensive boat handling instructor course focusing on maneuvers and techniques.

Open Water Boat Control Course: Basic boat handling instructor course focusing on how to effectively teach power boating. 

Instructor Training Course - Designed to prepare instructor candidates to teach effective NASBLA-approved basic boating safety courses to recreational boaters nationwide.

S.C.A.N. Technique - In all courses, participants are encouraged to incorporate the S.C.A.N technique. S.C.A.N. is a four-step process where boaters look for boats, people, and objects on the water that may pose a risk of collision – (1) Search, (2) Concentrate, (3) Analyze, and (4) Negotiate. More materials coming soon.

For more information or to request a training, please click here

NSBC Membership

Interested in becoming an Instructor Member or an Instructor-Trainer Member? Benefits include maintaining a valid NSBC Instructor Certification, discounts on Training Materials (student manuals, certificates), and the ability to issue Participation Certificates to students. 

Maintaining Instructor Certification: 
  • Your certification is valid for four (4) years
  • Join NSBC as Instructor member and maintain annual membership: Instructor-Trainer ($100 or $90 with agency); Instructor: ($75.00 or $65.00 with agency)
  • Teach two (2) formal courses within the four (4) years
    • definition for "formal" is ordering the manuals and issuing certificates from NSBC
  • Participate in an update or co-teach
  • Any exceptions, put in writing and email to [email protected]
  • Report number of students you have trained for each formal course and informal course you teach to [email protected]