Beginning Powerboating

You’ll join a group of eager adventurers who have also decided to explore the aquatic world.

Your licensed and certified professional powerboating instructor will provide all the resources you need in a safe and nurturing environment

Your Beginning Powerboating class breezes through basic boating terminology and concepts, the building blocks of solid, nautical knowledge and skills. You and your crew will apply what you’ve learned to operate the 28 foot boat with minimal guidance. Don’t worry, your instructor will keep you out of trouble and help when it’s necessary.

Before you know it, you and your fellow novices will take control of the boat and navigate it efficiently and safely from one location to another. Your knowledge and skills will develop quicker than you might expect.

By the end of the two day, 14 hour course you’ll shed the novice label. If you make the grade (and most our students do), your instructor will award you the Basic Powerboat Cruising certification from US Powerboating. This highly esteemed achievement will show the world you have earned the right to call yourself a boater.

Students ages 17 & under must be accompanied by a legal guardian

Class Highlights:

  • Taught by a professional, licensed & certified instructor
  • Two full days on the water
  • US Powerboating Text Book, Start Powerboating Right! sold separately
  • Basic Powerboat Cruising Certification
  • Internationally recognized certification
  • US Coast Guard equipped Axopar 28 T-Top
  • Develop confidence in our 100% hands-on training program.

Up to 17hrs of class/water time. Additional hours can be purchased.

arrival time:

9:00 A.M.


You will be directed to appropriate parking upon check-in.

Suggested Clothing:

Deck shoes with white soles and a warm jacket are essential year round. Casual comfortable sports clothing is recommended – layers are the way to go. Please pack all personal gear in a soft case or duffle bag, and remember that boats have very limited storage space.

No hard suitcases are permitted on the boats.

recommended gear:

These items are highly recommended. They are not required for the classes, but will make your sailing experience more comfortable and/or interesting: flashlight(s), boating gloves, mariner knife, portable GPS, inflatable vest such as SOSPENDERS (available from West Marine), hat, sunglasses and sun block, portable VHF, and cell phone.

Re-scheduling Classes:

Please understand that we will be expecting you on class day, and will have reserved a boat and an instructor for you.

  • If you cancel 14 days prior to your class, you will receive credit for future instruction.
  • Any credit granted must be used within six (6) months of the originally scheduled class.
  • The first timely request to reschedule is free; all others will be billed at $50.00 each.
  • Any cancellation requests with less than fourteen (14) days’ notice will forfeit their deposit.
  • If weather does not permit the class to take place, it will be rescheduled.
  • Absolutely no refunds, no exceptions.
  • No smoking
  • No pets are allowed on boats at any time.
  • No Firearms or Drugs:
  • The US Coast Guard and Blue Pacific Yachting have adopted a zero tolerance policy with regard to firearms or any illegal substance. Failure to comply could result in severe legal action.

Related Courses

  Intermediate Powerboating

  ASA 103 (Intermediate Sailing)

  ASA 104 (Advanced Sailing)

Contact Us

We look forward to helping you achieve your goals. If you're just starting out or hoping to increase your experience level and skillset, we'll get you there. Blue Pacific Yachting Saiing School has served the Marina del Rey community for more than 30 years. Sailing, powerboating, trips to Catalina Island and the Channel Islands, yacht racing classes, spinnaker clinics, catamaran courses, docking clinics, instructor certification courses — we cover it all. We are proud to be LA's premier boating destination.


(310) 305-7245