Powerboat Instruction

Powerboat Interest Form

Please leave your contact information on this form to indicate interest in registering for powerboat courses offered at CYC. When the schedule is set, you will receive an email with those details and a link to register. 
Click here to fill out the form

Safe Powerboat Handling Classes

Who needs a Safe Boating License?

  1. Anyone born after January 1, 1986, who operates a vessel with a motor that exceeds 10-horse power.
  2. Anyone who operates a personal watercraft (jet ski) regardless of age.

Safe Powerboating Course at CYC

2021 Dates:



$250 for members, $275 for non-members


Meg Myles, meg@conanicutyachtclub.org


None, BUT, there is material that needs to be sent to you for review ahead of class. Please complete the 100+ review questions prior to class. Additionally, the RI Safe Boating Regulations should be read and reviewed. A packet will be prepared for you when you register. Packets can be mailed for a slight additional cost or can be picked up in the CYC office.

Suggested Age


Certification(s) Earned

NASBLA certificate, RI state boating education certificate, Safe Powerboat Handling certificate


$250/member, $275/non-member


Please fill out the medical waiver and registration form. (The medical waiver is also the registration form).

Two-Day Course: Safe Powerboat Handling, US Coast Guard & NASBLA Approved Course

A 16-hour hands-on, on-the-water course that is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boat-handling skills on actual boats. The US Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) have approved this course and an increasing number of states have recognized it as meeting their requirements for a state boating safety education certificate. These national and state approvals call for the course to include a total of eight hours of classroom sessions covering required education topics. Powerboats are provided.

On-the-Water Sessions Include:

  • Starting procedures
  • Engine & electrical systems (very basic overview for troubleshooting)
  • Docking
  • Leaving & returning to a slip
  • Close-quarters maneuvers
  • Anchoring
  • Steering a range
  • Proceeding to a destination
  • Person in Water rescue

Classroom Sessions Include:

  • Safety, preparation, & weather
  • Maneuvering concepts
  • Registration & capacities
  • Equipment requirements
  • Preparation & fueling procedures
  • Navigation rules of the road
  • Aids to navigation
  • Environment regulations
  •  Trailering

This course is very hands-on and taught in an open style, with class participation highly encouraged. Truly all ages and variety of boaters can learn something.

Students are given course materials ahead of time - they can be picked up in the CYC office or mailed. Review questions should be done ahead of class (there are 185 review questions), and they are the best way to start studying.

Students will take the RI License exam at the end of the first day. (This is a ten question test.) At the end of the second day, students will take a 50 question US Powerboating exam. Students must pass both exams to get their RI License.

The course is rigorous, but well worth the time and effort. Students of all ages come out with a great sense of confidence and knowledge, both of which are critical when boating. (Additionally, mention your Safe Powerboat Handling certificate to your insurance company as they should give you a discount for having this.)

Each participant must complete and submit a Medical Form. 

Contact Meg Myles with any questions - meg@conanicutyachtclub.org

*RI does not have an age limit for getting your boating license, confirmed by DEM. 


Meg Myles
Junior Sailing Program Director