Training

The NSBC offers classroom, on-water, and online training courses. Licensed boat captains can become certified in NSBC training courses to provide instruction for the general public. Novice and experienced boaters with a desire to increase their knowledge and skill level are encouraged to contact the NSBC for course availability in your area. For more information about course availability and registration, please contact the NSBC at (703) 361-4294 or email [email protected]

BoatOnCourse.com: BoatOnCourse.com is a free online course that takes a practical approach to boating by relating it to the “rules of the road” when driving a car. This course introduces the boating public to twelve areas of the Navigation Rules: Responsible Boating, Overtaking, Crossing, Meeting Head On, Safe Speed, Proper Lookout, Sound Signals, Navigation Lights, Sailing, Exclusion Zones, Commercial Vessels, Narrow Channels. Visit BoatOnCourse.com to take this free course.

Close-Quarters Boat Control Course: Defensive boat handling course focused on maneuvers and techniques. This two-day on-the-water course is developed in a step-by-step, skill-based progression. Docking, coming along-side, backing, or turning in narrow space can be done very competently by the boat operator who understands concepts and knowledge of your boat and how it reacts in varying weather and water conditions. The boats used in this course are wheel-steered, stern-drive (I/O) or outboard powered, with either single or twin engines and ideally of center-console design. The boat will be 18 – 26 feet in length. For current NSBC certified instructors, this course may be taken as a certification maintenance requirement. Other students will receive a course completion certificate - this is not a certification. Prerequisites: The candidate must have successfully completed a NASBLA-approved basic boating safety classroom coursePlease email [email protected] to inquire about a course offering in your area.

Open Water Boat Control Course: Basic boat handling course focusing on how to effectively teach power boating. This two-day on-the-water course is developed in a step-by-step, skill-based progression. Coming up and down from planing mode is easy for the experienced boater, but can be scary for a new or novice boater. Steering straight, turns and stopping will be performed both in displacement mode and planning mode. Crossing waves and wakes will be practiced along with how to approach and handle a person in the water. The boats used in this course are wheel-steered, stern-drive (I/O) or outboard powered, with either single or twin engines and ideally of center-console design. The boat will be 18 – 26 feet in length. For current NSBC certified instructors, this course may be taken as a certification maintenance requirement. Other students will receive a course completion certificate - this is not a certification. Prerequisites: The candidate must have successfully completed a NASBLA-approved basic boating safety classroom coursePlease email [email protected] to inquire about a course offering in your area.

American National Standard On-Water Boating PowerEssentials of Close-Quarters and Open Water Boat Control Course: Licensed boat captains can become NSBC certified instructors in this course to provide instruction for the general public. This three-day on-the-water course focuses on how to effectively teach on-the water boating skills and maneuvers. The curriculum is developed in a step-by-step progression focusing on steering straight, stopping, turns up to 180 degree, docking, ferrying, avoidance turns, person overboard and retrieval. Upon successful completion, the student will receive their certification as a NSBC Instructor. There are requirements to maintain a current NSBC Instructor Certification. The content of this course conforms to the American National Standard for on-water skills as verified through an independent third-party assessment process. Prerequisites: 1) Must have successfully completed a NASBLA-approved basic boating safety course. 2) Must have a minimum of 40 hours teaching experience. 3) Must have a minimum of 5 years of boating experience on wheel-steered, stern-drive (I/O) or outboard powered with either single or twin engines that are 18 to 26 feet in length. 4) Knowledgeable of the boating laws for their state. 5) Must be at least 18 years old. Please email [email protected] to inquire about a course offering in your area.

Instructor Training Course: This two-day in-classroom course is designed to prepare instructor candidates to teach effective NASBLA-approved basic boating safety courses to recreational boaters nationwide. The course covers safe boating practices and the proper interpretation of each element of the National Boating Education Knowledge – Power ANSI Standards. This program also focuses on teaching techniques and interactive methods to achieve greater learning and retention. Information will be included on how people learn, barriers to learning, and qualities of good instructors. Even as a current instructor, this course provides opportunities for growth, professional development and new ideas. Prerequisites: 1) Must hold a current instructor level certification in a state or nationally recognized training program (or equivalent). 2) Must have a minimum of 40 hours teaching experience. 3) Must have successfully completed a NASBLA-approved basic boating safety classroom course. 4) Must have two years boating experience and be knowledgeable in the boating laws for their state. 5) Must be at least 18 years old. Please email [email protected] to inquire about a course offering in your area.

Marina Pro Training: The three-day on-the-water course uses Close-Quarters and Open Water Boat Control curricula to train candidates to becomes trained and certified "Marina Pros." This is intended for a marina and boatyard professional who desires to become certified as a “Marina Pro.” Each Marina Pro candidate be taught a step-by-step method of teaching, coaching and modeling skills that will be used to teach the boating public. They will also be tested in their knowledge of steering and sailing rules, navigation aids, risk management and technical boating knowledge. This course was developed in partnership with the Association of Marina Industries and is compliant with the American National On-Water Power Standard. Prerequisites: 1) Must have at least 40 hours of teaching experience and five years of boating experience on wheel-steered, stern-drive (I/O) or outboard powered with either single or twin engines. 2) Must also have successfully completed a NASBLA-approved boating safety course either classroom or internet and have a certificate or card of completion (copies of certifications should accompany application). Please email [email protected] to inquire about a course offering in your area.

In all NSBC courses, students are taught 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. 


NSBC Instructor Membership

In order to maintain a valid NSBC Instructor certification, you must become an annual Instructor Member and teach at least one boating course a year. Benefits include maintaining a valid NSBC Instructor Certification, discounts on Training Materials (student manuals, certificates), and the ability to issue official NSBC Participation Certificates to students. Please contact the office (703) 361-4294 or [email protected] for more information.