US Powerboating

Safety & Rescue Boat Handling

The Safety & Rescue Boat Handling (S&RBH) course is an 8-10 hour hands-on, on-the-water course for those who are interested in learning more about support/rescue boat operation strategies. It is aimed toward individuals that use powerboats to perform safety and rescue functions; regatta personnel, sailing instructors, marine patrols, police and fire rescue personnel, park rangers, and on-the-water sailing instructors and coaches. Many of the skills that are taught require good boat handling skills and a limited knowledge of sailing. Therefore, approval from your SPH instructor is required to take this course. You may take this course multiple times until you can complete all of the skills required.


  • US Powerboat's Safe Powerboat Handling Certification (may be taken concurrently)

  • State-required certification or ability to obtain (varies by state)

  • Comfort operating a small vessel

  • WRITTEN approval from your Safe Powerboat Handling instructor to take this course


early registration $250 (>1 month prior to course)

general registration $300 (2 wks - 1 mo. prior)

late registration $350 (within 2 weeks of course)

Add-ons & other options: Combining the Safe Powerboat Hanlding (SPH) or Accelerated SPH with this Safety & Rescue Boat Training creates a really great 2-3 day, comprehensive training program.

Custom Courses: You can customize your course by adding on additional modules, including CPR & First Aid. Students can fully customize any course to meet your needs, or hire a private instructor to work with your on specific skills. 

NOTE: To keep costs down for our students, you are responsible for ordering course materials directly from US Sailing (av. $30/student). An email on how to do this will be sent to you after you submit your registration information. Materials may take a week or more to be delivered so be sure to order your materials earlier rather than later! This fee is not included in the course cost.