Introduction to Powerboating

Skill-based Training

Introduction to Powerboating is a 4-hour skill-based training program that covers the essential techniques of powerboat operation.

The program is designed for new boaters, and requires no prior experience. This program will increase your boat handling skill levels, increase your confidence on-the-water, and enhance your boating enjoyment.

While it was created with the new boater in mind, our Introduction to Powerboating program will benefit experienced boat operators as well. They will gain a deeper understanding of boat operation, and learn new skills and techniques.

How Does It Work?

This program is a 4-hour training session with practice behind the wheel of a boat, and on the dock.  Our approach includes a combination of blended learning techniques and sequential exercises that maximizes your skill development. Instruction is provided by qualified USPS instructors.

What Will You Learn?

  • Safety equipment and procedures
  • Basic operation and controls
  • Maneuvering in close quarters
  • Operating on plane
  • Docking
  • Anchoring
  • Emergency maneuvers
  • Man overboard recovery


  • No previous boating experience is required
  • Participants must have completed a state-approved boating safety course
  • Participants must be mentally and physically capable of operating a boat safely.
  • Students requiring accommodations need to contact the instructor prior to training.


The content of this course conforms to the American National Standard for on-water skills as verified through an independent third-party assessment process.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, previous boating experience isn’t necessary. All you need is to complete a state-approved boating safety class.

We usually conduct our classroom session even if it rains. If bad weather prevents us from getting on the water, we will work with each student to make arrangements to complete the training at their earliest convenience.

That will vary from state to state. If a young person passes a state-approved boating safety class and is entitled to operate a powerboat, that’s old enough for us. Students under 18 need parental permission.

The training is designed for single-engine boats under 26 feet in length. We prefer to use a boat in the 18’-22’ range because it offers the best experience for the students.

Unfortunately, no. Our training boats have to meet special requirements. If you want help learning about your own boat, we suggest that you contact America’s Boating Club Houston and request the training on your boat.

If you require special accommodations, please contact us prior to enrolling. That will allow us to make any necessary arrangements.

We’re happy to work with groups and large families, and we can arrange private training sessions that fit your needs.