Power & Sail Training Information

DID YOU BUY A NEW POWER OR SAILING YACHT?


Did you know we can provide you with professional instruction on YOUR vessel?  We can assess your needs and expectation of the use of yacht, and recommend the proper equipment to make your future sailing/powerboating experience more enjoyable. Let's face it!  You won't get underway as much if you lack confidence on the water!

The proper set up and commissioning of your yacht can make all the difference.  Let us give you a head start with local knowledge, what to look for on your new yacht and how to overcome some of the challenges each vessel will present when getting underway.


Nervous about maneuvering your yacht to and from the slip in a tight marina? We can help!!


OUR TRAINING BOAT!!! 

EVERGLADES 270: We are offering Close Quarters Powerboat Handling Courses as well as Power boating Made Easy Courses.  


Become more confident in handling your boat in marinas and around the docks.  Learn to handle crosswinds and currents while docking.  We have One and Two day courses, or we can custom tailor a course to YOUR specifications!


CUSTOM TRAINING COURSES TAILORED TO YOUR NEEDS!!!

Power and Sail!!!  Train On Your Boat or Ours!


Starting Rates As Low as $350. 00/Day!!!

 

ON WATCH IS PROUD TO BE OFFICIALLY PARTNERED WITH DISCOVER BOATING!!!

Discover Boating is an industry organization dedicated to the promotion of the Boating Life!  Capt. Jeff Lewis is a Certified Independent Instructor and Instructor Qualifier.


...This means I can instruct you on your power boat or our's. Upon completion, you will be armed with some solid fundamental knowledge for confidently handling a variety of docking and maneuvering challenges.  With a solid grasp of some fundamental, techniques, you will find that boat handling can be easy and FUN!!  Contact us now! Let's get started!

We Offer Various Power Boat Courses:

Come learn to boat on beautiful Tampa Bay!  We offer a thorough and comprehensive training course.  Pick a one day or two day course.  We can even custom tailor a course for your needs.  See below for more details!



POWER BOATING MADE EASY:

 

Program Description

Powerboating Made Easy teaches fundamental knowledge and skills that are essential to all powerboat operators. It is designed for skippers and crew who are new to boating as well as seasoned boaters who have had no formal training. Its overall goal is to prepare new boaters to skipper their own boat safely and enhance the skills, safety and confidence of those who have some boating experience. Powerboating Made Easy is the first boater education program to combine online learning with practical, underway training aboard a "floating classroom".


The essentials of boating safety are learned through an online, self-study program that covers fundamental knowledge including rules of the road, understanding Aids to Navigation, safe vessel operation, and the legal requirements of boating. This eLearning program is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and meets the educational requirements of most states. State-specific requirements may be found online at www.boaterexam.com .


Essential skills are best learned with practical experience and students get the opportunity to engage in hands-on exercises during specially designed underway learning sessions. Practical skills training includes: precision boat control in tight spaces, docking skills, basic chart familiarization and route planning, using Aids to Navigation, applying the rules of the road while underway, anchoring, handling waves and wakes safely and much more. Classes are conducted aboard either a single or twin inboard or an outboard/stern drive boat and participants may choose to learn on whichever propulsion type is most suitable for their needs.


This unique, experiential approach puts participants at the helm of a training vessel with a USCG licensed and certified professional instructor to transform boating knowledge into skills that will last a lifetime.


ONE DAY CLOSE QUARTERS MANEUVERING AND DOCKING COURSE:__$350.00p/p (On Our Boat)

Includes Text Book

Rules of the Road

On the water training in close quarters maneuvering and docking. Course conducted on a 30' twin engine I/O

Safety Inspection of the Vessel

Man Overboard (MOB) Recovery

Anchoring Instruction

GPS & Chart Instruction with trip to waterfront restaurant for lunch. 

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CLOSE QUARTERS ADVANCED MANEUVERING: (Our Boat)


TWO DAY ADVANCED POWERBOAT HANDLING & DOCKING:  $490.00 p/p

INCLUDES:

Text Book

Rules of the Road

Close Quarters Maneuvering & Docking (Cross wind/currents, Spring Line Use)

Navigation GPS / Chart Interpretation

Man Overboard (MOB) Instruction

Cruise to waterfront destination for lunch

Includes Lunch

Anchoring Instruction

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PRIVATE COURSE ON YOUR BOAT:   $400.00/Day (Flat Rate)

Custom tailored to your needs!  For up to Two People.  Perfect course for a couple new to boating or upgrading to a larger boat.  Everything listed above for our courses can be applied to your boat!

Includes Text Book and custom curriculum.

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SCHEDULE TODAY!!!

For course scheduling please contact us at(941) 704-6206 or at our e-mail:  captainjeff296@yahoo.com

Courses include Text books and Practical Learning onboard the boat configuration of your choice. (Examples Listed Below)

Take ONE course, or take BOTH Courses and SAVE!!!  We can schedule your course to work with your availability.

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TYPES OF VESSELS WE INSTRUCT ON:
Twin Inboard Up to 80':

An Inboard motor is a marine propulsion system. As opposed to an Outboard motor where an engine is mounted outside of the hull of the craft, an Inboard motor is enclosed within the hull of the boat usually connected to a propulsion screw by a driveshaft. Twin Inboard Drives are two independent, side-by-side engines within a single boat and are very effective in close quarters. This effective twin drive setup uses two inboard engines, two propellers and two rudders.

Single Inboard

An Inboard motor is a marine propulsion system. As opposed to an Outboard motor where an engine is mounted outside of the hull of the craft, an Inboard motor is enclosed within the hull of the boat usually connected to a propulsion screw by a driveshaft. Single Inboard's are powered by one engine, diesel or gas, with one propeller and a rudder positioned amidship directly behind the prop. 

Stern Drive / Outboard

The Stern Drive, also called an Inboard / Outboard (I / O) is a form of marine propulsion and is located inboard just forward of the transom or stern and delivers power via a shaft that goes through the transom to the drive unit located outside the hull and resembles the bottom half of an outboard. This unit contains the gearing for the system and carries the propeller. The boat is steered by pivoting this unit and no rudder is needed.
An Outboard motor consists of a self-contained unit that includes engine, gearbox and propeller designed to be affixed to the outside of the transom. As well as providing propulsion, outboards provide steering control as they are designed to pivot over their mountings to control the direction of thrust. 
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Created by Captain Jeff Lewis