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Youth Powerboat Certification Class

Student Age: 12+ (no exceptions)

Classes are offered as week-long sessions and follow the same 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM schedule as regular day camp; students need only to take one session of this course for certification!

This is a hands-on, on-the-water course for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boat handling skills. No previous experience is required! The US Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) have approved this course. An increasing number of states have recognized it as meeting their requirements for a State Boating Education Certificate.​

Students will complete written and practical tests. Testing is not required to complete the course; however, it is necessary for those wishing to gain the certification. A US Powerboat Certified Instructor leads the class with a  maximum of 6:1 student to instructor.​ At the end of the week, students who successfully complete all required material will receive a Safe Powerboat Handling, Safety, and Rescue Boat Handling certification.


Price:$680 (for non-members), 5% discount for COLYC members

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On-the-Water Sessions

  • Engine & electrical systems

  • Starting procedures

  • Docking

  • Leaving & returning to a slip

  • Close-quarters maneuvers

  • Anchoring

  • Steering a range

  • Proceeding to a destination

  • Person in Water rescue

  • On-the-Water Sessions

  • VHF radio communications

  • Boat rescues, incl. capsizes

  • Person in Water rescue

  • Towing: astern & alongside

  • Williamson turn

  • Steering a range in/outbound

  • Intercepting & maintaining position with moving vessel

  • Use of bearings & GPS

  • Search pattern

Classroom Sessions

  • Safety, preparation & weather

  • Maneuvering concepts

  • Registration & capacities

  • Equipment requirements

  • Preparation & fueling procedures

  • Navigation rules of the road

  • Aids to navigation

  • Environment regulations

  • Weather & water briefings

  • VHF radio procedures

  • Safety & rescue equipment & procedures

  • Towing concepts

  • Search patterns concepts

  • Plotting a position

  • Calculating tides & currents

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