Boat Control On-Water Training Course

Course Modules

Whether you are new to powerboating or would like to increase your confidence in docking and maneuvering in close quarters, this course is for you. Boat Control On-Water Training Course Modules are designed to teach boat handling skills to recreational boaters or personnel hired to operate a vessel used in marine patrol. Taught by a NSBC Certified Instructor, the course will progress from safety gear and the pre-launch checklist to docking and refueling in close quarters; each maneuver is repeated advancing from idle speed to displacement mode, then planing mode.

A Certificate of Completion can be awarded for each module, but this is not an instructor certification course. 

Course Modules

Course 1: Introduction to Powerboating
Course 2: Precision Docking and Boat Handling
Course 3: Open Water Boat Handling
Course 4: Open Water Advanced Maneuvers


Varies by location

Course Schedule

Each of the four course modules is approximately 3 hours long, but time length may vary depending on the age and boating experience of the student.


A center console boat under 26’ is the preferred vessel.


*This course can only be taught by a NSBC Certified Instructor.
*Students qualify for a certificate of completion after demonstrating the skills in each course.
*This is NOT a certification program.

Course Verification

The content of this course conforms to the American National Standard for on-water skills as verified through an independent third-party assessment process. It is imperative that the curriculum is adhered to; there can be no modifications or variations as that would change the course verification. 

Recognized by the American National Standards Institute as American National Standards, the On-Water Power, On-Water Sailing, and On-Water Human-Propelled standards identify fundamental skills that entry level recreational boat operators should be able to demonstrate after receiving instruction. More information about these standards can be found at or


Prior to taking the course, students are required to complete a NASBLA-approved online boating safety course as well as meet the legal requirements of the state where the course is being held.