New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) of Stonington and Mystic, Connecticut, is now a US  Powerboat Training Center. NESS is one of 30 such Training Centers in the United States that are supported by US Powerboating and the United States Coast Guard.

Powerboat Training Centers are established under the Driver’s Education for Boater’s Grant from the United States Coast Guard, Division of Boating Safety. These training centers promote and educate their constituent groups on the importance of boating safety and on-the-water training.

Offered as part of NESS’s year round programming, powerboating classes will be taught by certified NESS instructors, who are also licensed US Coast Guard captains. The classes include on-the-water instruction as well as classroom time. Three different classes will be offered: Safe Powerboat Handling, Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling, and Safety & Rescue Boat Handling. Classes will begin in April and are open to ages 10 and up.

Safe Powerboat Handling is a 2-day, 16-hour, hands-on, on-the-water course for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boat handling skills. This course is Coast Guard and National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved and students will receive the Safe Boating Certificate for CT or RI, and the US Safe Boating Certificate.

Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling is an 8- to12-hour hands-on, on-the-water course for anyone who has taken a classroom boating course and already has their CT or RI Safe Boating certification but wants experience to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boat handling skills. Once completed, students will be issued a Safe Powerboat Handling Certificate.

Safety & Rescue Boat Handling is an 8-hour hands-on, on-the-water course for anyone who will be using powerboats to perform safety and rescue functions.  It’s designed for regatta personnel, marine patrols, police and fire rescue personnel, on-the-water sailing instructors and coaches. This class requires students to have a Safe Powerboat Handling Certificate. Upon completion of this course, students will be issued a Safety and Rescue Boat Handling Certificate.

For more information on classes and to register, visit the website at or call NESS at 860-535-9362.

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