Basic BoatClass®

Gain the skills and confidence to safely operate a boat with ease!

3-Hours

On-water course options for beginner and intermediate.

Worry-Free

Led by a Certified United States Coast Guard Captain.

On-Water

Safe training experience where you do most of the driving.

After taking BoatClass®, you'll have the extra skills and confidence you need to enjoy a lifetime of new experiences on the water.

Vijay Gurav
Vijay Gurav
06/09/2021
Verified
Very well organized Boat class, great way to learn from experts. Learned rules of water to drive boat and dock it perfectly. Highly recommend to learn good way to drive boat in water. Great & experienced instructor.
Sean Fenney
Sean Fenney
26/08/2021
Verified
Had an amazing day at boat class with Captain Tyler..a great teacher who really helped me understand the basic concepts of boating..having never driven a boat before
Tracy Cheuk
Tracy Cheuk
20/08/2021
Verified
Great class, very details, instructor very friendly and knowledge, we had great experience and fun overall. Thanks
Ricardo Bastos
Ricardo Bastos
20/08/2021
Verified
very good class, i recommend it
hector rivera
hector rivera
17/08/2021
Verified
Great class and instructor definitely worth the money.
Barry Atkins
Barry Atkins
08/08/2021
Verified
I learned invaluable techniques for retrieving a person or item from the water. I docked so many times and so many different ways that I will feel comfortable docking under many circumstances. I will have no problem pulling up to a gas dock, restaurant or in between two boats which was always a problem for me. This class was a godsend!
Gregg Kern
Gregg Kern
26/07/2021
Verified
The beginners Boat class, taught by Captain Tyler Barrus, was a great introduction to Boating for my wife and a valuable reminder course full of good boat handling tips for me. Well worth the price of the Class. After some practice with my new boat I will be enrolling in the intermediate boater class. Well done.
Melissa Davis
Melissa Davis
26/07/2021
Verified
Captain Tyler is very knowledgeable and informative. The day went too fast , I want to take the next class. Highly recommend this course.

Find a Boat Class near you

Class Offerings

  • BASIC BOATCLASS®
  • INTERMEDIATE BOATCLASS®
  • WOMEN’S BOATCLASS®

*Classes vary by location. Select a location to see what classes are available.

More About Boat Class

Basic BoatClass teaches introductory boating skills including boat engine control, boat operation and handling, rules of the road, docking, etc.

Leaving the Dock: Boat Engine Controls and Operation

Shifting and throttle control, Turning drills, Stopping drills, Backing into open water


 

Initial Operation of the Boat

360 Degree – 720 degree turning in open water, Pivot turn in open water, both directions, Intermittent power vs idle power speed, Managing momentum with cadence, Docking drills


 

Rules of the Road

Use of channel markers, Crossing wakes and waves, Right of way applications, Speed zone adjustments


 

Return to the Marina

Additional docking, Docking bow first in a slip, Pivot turn in close quarters, Approaching a gas dock, Return to slip

 

BoatClass Launch

Brunswick Corporation announced the launch of BoatClass, an immersive on-water training program designed to teach boating safety and assist boaters in gaining confidence on the water.

“Safety is the number one priority for all boaters on the water and BoatClass provides an opportunity for new and seasoned boaters to receive world-class training and learn the necessary skills to make the most of their time on the water,” said Brenna Preisser, Brunswick Corporation President – Business Acceleration & Chief People and Strategy Officer.

BoatClass offers boaters a pair of three-hour course options – basic and intermediate levels – led by a Certified US Coast Guard Captain, which consist of 100% on-water training to master techniques such as shifting and throttle control​, turning, stopping, backing drills​, 360- to 720-degree pivot turns​, docking drills​, crossing wakes and wave, speed zone adjustments, anchoring theory and techniques​, utilizing boat trim​, ferrying, and returning to the slip​.

These courses utilize the same training methods that have been successful for decades throughout the Freedom Boat Club network.

“Safety isn’t a trend, it is an everyday focus for us and our consumers,” said Bijoy Jha, Vice President -New Business Ventures, Brunswick Corporation.   “We are welcoming new boaters into our industry every day, and it is imperative that they have access to the best safety and boating education experience.  We are excited to offer BoatClass and look forward to providing a means for new boaters and those considering boating an affordable and fast path to becoming safe and confident at the helm.”

What Our Customers Are Saying

“I was a little nervous about BoatClass at first, but I’m glad I tried it. I started with the basic class and was surprised at how ready I felt to go out on the water on my own after just that one session. I enjoyed it so much that I went ahead and signed up for the advanced class right afterwards!”

BoatClass® Beginner & Intermediate Alum

FULL LOCATION LIST

Boat Class is adding new marinas in cities all over the country.

Melbourne, FL

Grills Melbourne
6075 North US Highway 1

Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville Beach Marine
2315 Beach Boulevard
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

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