Boating Lessons with Richard WaiteBASIC POWERBOAT CRUISING COURSE 

Lessons are semi-private to provide maximum helm time and offered weekdays and weekends to accommodate your schedule. 

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Basic Powerboat Course Package: includes instructor reviews, self study and four “on the water” lessons. Practical skills learned include powerboat theory, safety, systems, close quarters maneuvers, fairway maneuvering, person in water rescue, docking & departing, bow first and stern first in a slip, weather, navigation aid and rules, line handling, knots, emergency procedures, open water exercises and anchoring procedures.  Graduates can obtain their Basic Powerboat Cruising certification and California Boater Card.

Boating Lessons with Richard Waite

Basic Powerboat Lesson 1 – Close Quarter Maneuvers: On the water instruction for close quarter maneuvering. Practical skills learned include powerboat theory, safety, systems, pivot point, turns and stoping the boat in close quarters.

Basic Powerboat Lesson 2 – Fairway Maneuvering: On the water instruction for fairway maneuvering. Practical skills learned include, rules of the road in main fairways, backing the boat, pivot turns, person in water recovery, bow first and stern first in slip.

Basic Powerboat Lesson 3 – Docking & Departing: On the water instruction for docking and departing. Practical skills learned include dock line and fender management, prepare for arrival, approaches to docks and piers and spring line departures.

Basic Powerboat Lesson 4 – Open Water & Anchoring: On the water instruction for open water and anchoring exercises. Practical skills learned include navigation systems, trim the boat, underway in waves, high speed maneuvers, person in water recovery and anchoring. 

Graduates can obtain the following certifications (exam required). Self study may take longer to complete written exams. Certification, course materials, fuel and marina tax not included.

  • Twin-Inboard Close Quarters certification
  • Basic Powerboat Cruising Certification (exam required)
  • California Boater Card – State law goes into effect 1/1/2018

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Boating Lessons with Richard WaiteNIGHT OPERATIONS COURSE

Operate at night insight of land along Santa Monica Coastline  

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Night Operations Course includes instructor reviews, self study and one “on the water” session at night. Practical skills learned includes night navigation planning, night systems and procedures, night vision, aids to navigation, leave and enter harbor and return to slip/dock at night. PREREQUISITE: Basic Powerboat Course.

Graduates can obtain their Night Operations certification (exam required). Self study may take longer to complete written exams. Certification, course materials, fuel and marina tax not included.

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Boating Lessons with Richard WaiteADVANCED POWERBOAT CRUISING COURSE

Navigate within sight of land in unfamiliar waters to local points of interest (Redondo, Malibu and Catalina Island)  

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Advanced Powerboat Cruising Course includes instructor review, self study and three “on the water” lessons. Practical skills include command and control of the vessel in open water sea conditions using navigation systems piloting to local areas of interest, Redondo, Malibu and Catalina Island. PREREQUISITE: Basic Powerboat and Night Operations Courses.

Lesson 1 – Navigate to Redondo/Palos Verde. Practical skills learned include intermediate boat handling, open water maneuvers, mooring procedures, navigation systems including chart plotter, radar/scanner, sonar and emergency procedures.

Lesson 2 – Navigate to Malibu Paradise Cove and Kellers Shelter. Practical skills learned include intermediate boat handling, open water maneuvers, anchoring, navigation systems including chart plotter, rader/scanner, sonar and emergency procedures.

Lesson 3 – Navigate to Catalina’s Emerald Bay, Two Harbors and Avalon. Practical skills learned include intermediate boat handling, open water maneuvers, anchoring, mooring, radar/scanner, sonar and dinghy management.

Graduates can obtain their Inshore Powerboat Cruising Certification (exam required). Self study may take longer to complete exams. Certifications, course materials, fuel and marina tax not included.

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Interested in a larger, more powerful & complex yacht? Upgrade to the Marquis 55!

After completing the Basic Powerboat course on our Cruisers 370, take the advanced powerboat cruising course on the Marquis 55 or the Sea Ray 480. 

Graduates can bareboat charter the Marquis 55 after meeting certification requirements.

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Boating Lessons with Richard WaiteGROUP LESSONS 

As an affordable alternative to private and semi-private lessons, we offer group lessons (up to 5 people) for individuals seeking US Powerboat certification and California Boater card.

 

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