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Boat Handling Lessons


Enjoy learning how to safely, and skillfully operate small powerboats. Private or group lessons given by Captain Doug.
All lessons are conducted on the water.  Hands on real life experiences.

Lessons will teach you the following skills:

  • USCG required safety gear and State required documents
  • Before leaving the dock, how to start what to check on the boat
  • How to get persons and stores on and off the boat
  • Casting off and leaving the dock safely
  • Docking the boat safely in any wind and current conditions
  • Stopping the boat quickly to avoid a collision
  • Holding position in any wind and current conditions
  • Understanding navigational markers in the ICW, rivers and harbor channels
  • Understanding right of way rules and other “rules of the road”
  • Anchoring
  • Picking up a mooring ball
  • Reading water depths by the color of the water
  • Line handling including the three most important knots used in boatingOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • When to use fenders and when not to use fenders when docking
  • Man overboard retrieval
  • Operation of the VHF radio
  • Proper refueling procedures
  • Proper, responsible and polite behavior required of a ships captain