Basic BoatClass®

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


On-water course options for beginner and intermediate.


Led by a Certified United States Coast Guard Captain.


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.

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Class Offerings


*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


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

BoatClass® OnMyBoat

Your Boat
Your Marina
Training with USCG Captain


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