Powerboat Programs

U.S. POWERBOAT CERTIFICATION

Chicago Yacht Club offers hands-on courses for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boat-handling skills with training in the classroom and on the water. The skills acquired during your certification are transferable to larger boat sizes.

  • Adult Powerboat Courses
    • This hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boathandling skills with training in both the classroom and on the water. 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. The class is taught on the Chicago Yacht Club's fleet of 17' rigid hull inflatables and the skills you will learn on these boats are transferable to boats of all sizes.

      There are no prerequisites for enrolling, but students must be 18 years of age or older.

      Here are just some of the topics that will be covered in the course:

      On-the-Water Sessions  Classroom Sessions
      Starting procedures Maneuvering concepts
      Docking
      Registration and capacities
      Leaving and returning to a slip Equipment requirements 
      Close-quarters maneuvering Prep and fueling procedures
      Steering a ranger Aids to navigation
      Proceeding to a destination Rules of the road
      Person-in-water rescue Environmental regulations
  • Junior Powerboat Courses
    • This course covers the same content as the Adult Safe Powerboat Handling course but we tailor it for our junior audience. Any junior that drives the family boat or runabout, is considering a job teaching sailing, or just wants to experience the fun of driving a powerboat should take this opportunity!

      This hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boat handling skills with training in both the classroom and on the water. 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. The class is taught on the Chicago Yacht Club's fleet of rigid hull inflatables and the skills you will learn on these boats are TRANSFERABLE to boats of all sizes.

      All students must be between 13-18 years of age and have a completed Illinois boating education certificate before the first class.

      On-the-Water Sessions Classroom Sessions
      Engine & electrical systems  Safety, prep & weather 
      Starting procedures  Maneuvering concepts
      Docking  Registration and capacities
      Leaving & returning to a slip Equipment requirements
      Close-quarters maneuvering Prep & fueling procedures
      Steering a range Aids to Navigations
      Person in the Water rescue Rules of the Road
      Proceeding to a destination Environmental Regulations
  • Safety & Rescue for RC
    • The Chicago Yacht Club Race Committee is welcome to enroll in the Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling / Safety and Rescue Boat Course. Any volunteer who operates a Chicago Yacht Club vessel must successfully complete this class. In addition to all of the skills covered in the Safe Powerboat Handling Course, below is a list of some of the topics specific to the Safety and Rescue Boat portion.

      There is no pre-requisite to enroll but it is strongly recommended to complete an Illinois online boater education course. All participants must either be active CYC Race Committee members or have prior authorization by the On the Water Director. Contact Jay Kehoe to register.

      On-the-Water Sessions Classroom Sessions
      VHF radio communications Weather & water briefings 
      Boat rescues including capsizes VHF radio procedures
      Person in the Water rescue Safety and rescue equipment and procedures
      Towing: astern and alongside Towing concepts
      Williamson turn Search pattern concepts
      Steering a range Plotting a position
      Intercepting a moving vessel Calculating tides and currents
      Use of bearings & GPS search pattern Light schemes 

  • Course Schedule
    • Course Schedules and Fees

      2019 Adult Courses

      Session # Dates Time
      Session 1 TBD TBD
      Session 2 TBD TBD
      Session 3 TBD TBD




      Cost

      All Sessions:
      Member: $400
      Non-member: $500

      Register now

      Junior Courses

      Session # Dates Time
      Session 1                                                                                          TBD                                                         TBD

         

      Cost

      All Sessions:
      Member: $325
      Junior Member: $425
      Non-member: $525

Interested in learning about upcoming CYC Powerboat Programs?

contact on the water director, Jay Kehoe

Email Jay Kehoe
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