Instructor Boat Control Course

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To register for the Instructor Boat Control Program click here. You will receive confirmation from office@safeboatingcouncil.org if you are accepted into the course.

“This training allows me to provide better protection to the people on Lake Housatonic and allows me to train a new generation of safe boaters and water safety professionals throughout the state." - Patrick M. Kilby, CT

The Instructor Boat Control Course combines the Close-Quarters and Open Water curriculums into a 3-day on-the-water training. The curriculum is compliant with the ANSI National On-Water Power Standard, and exceeds them in some areas. The purpose of this training is to develop a cadre of trained and certified professionals across the country who can teach on-the-water boating skills to the boating and fishing community.

Instructor Close-Quarters Goal and Student Performance Objectives

Instructor Open Water Goal and Student Performance Objectives

Instructor Boat Control Course Agenda (Three-Day) 

This program 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. All of these skills are first performed in displacement mode. When the student masters these skills, they move on to performing the appropriate skills in planing mode. A boat operator needs to understand concepts and design features and anticipate the reaction of current, weather and wind on their boat.    

Each candidate will be assessed on their boat operation skills. They will be taught a method of step-by-step teaching, modeling skills and coaching for the beginning boater. They will be tested in their knowledge of steering and sailing rules, navigation aids, risk management and technical boating knowledge. The advantage of this training is that the NSBC provides agencies with a formalized national curriculum and a teaching methodology on a set of skills relevant to beginning boaters and marine officers.

Upon successful completion of the course, the instructor will receive a certificate of training as an Instructor Boat Control or Marina Pro from the National Safe Boating Council.

Prerequisite of Certification:

  • Must have successfully completed a NASBLA-approved basic boating safety course.
  • Must have a minimum of 40 hours teaching experience
  • 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.
  • Knowledgeable of the boating laws for their state
  • Instructor candidate must be at least 18 years old

To register for the Instructor Boat Control Program click hereYou will receive confirmation from office@safeboatingcouncil.org if you are accepted into the course.

September 2017 Close-Quarter and Open Water Boat Control Workshop:

If you have any questions, contact NSBC Office Manager Sheila Chappell at office@safeboatingcouncil.org or (703) 361-4294.