Affordable On-Water Training

Powerboat I’ and ‘Powerboat II’ courses to be offered at Prince William Marina.

Powerboat I’ and ‘Powerboat II’ courses to be offered at Prince William Marina.

Want to learn the basics of powerboating or brush up on your skills? The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Prince William Marina offer a choice of two fun on-water training courses taught aboard single and twin engine powerboats: ‘Powerboat I’ and ‘Powerboat II’, Saturday, June 23, at the marina’s location at 12849 Gordon Rd., Woodbridge VA. The three-hour courses start at either 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. and are affordably priced at $159 per person. Class size is limited to four students per vessel, ensuring each student gets sufficient time at the helm under the watchful eye of a qualified instructor.

The Powerboat I course includes preparing a boat for departure, steering straight at idle speed and learning to center the wheel, shifting gears and throttle control, stopping the boat in an emergency, station holding, the “Boater’s eye” technique, and understanding the “weathervane effect.” Powerboat II covers pivot turns, docking alongside a pier and departing, and how to maintain a proper lookout.

The goal of the BoatUS Foundation and Prince William Marina courses are to address the high costs typically associated with at-the-helm training, making hands-on boating education more affordable. The courses also offer area residents the chance to try out recreational boating and give boaters the opportunity to brush up on their skills.

Space is limited. Must be 21 years or older. To sign up for these courses or seek out others, go to