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Boat Rental Training Course

On-The-Water Rental Boat Training Course

RENTAL BOAT TRAINING COURSE

The Naples School of Boating offers a Rental Boat Training Course for boaters in Naples, Florida. This program is designed to help boat renters become safer and more confident on the water. The approximate cost to complete this course is $850. Please see the FAQ’s below for additional information. 

STEP 1:

At the Naples School of Boating, we take boater safety and education very seriously. Prior to completing ANY of our training programs, trainees MUST complete the Florida Safe Boating Course. The cost of this course is free and it can be completed entirely online. Here is the link to the FREE Florida Safe Boating Course. Once you have completed the Florida Safe Boating Course and have a certificate of completion, you may contact us to request a training appointment.

STEP 2:

The second step in our Rental Boat Training Course is an on-water training session aboard a rental boat. During this 4-hour session, you will be trained by a Licensed Captain with over 10 years of experience as a Boating Instructor. This session will provide you with the confidence and skill required to venture out and enjoy the waterways of Southwest Florida. The topics that you will learn include:

  • Docking and maneuvering in close quarters
  • Proper anchoring procedures
  • Piloting and navigation with GPS
  • Practical experience navigating the ATON system
  • Practical experience using the nautical Rules of the Road
  • Safety review
  • Using VHF Radio
  • How to read Nautical Charts
  • Understanding Tides and Weather

FAQ’S ABOUT THE RENTAL BOAT TRAINING COURSE

Where is the training program conducted? We ONLY conduct our training aboard vessels rented from Park Shore Marina in Naples, Florida. Park Shore Marina is located in the Park Shore area of Naples and provides easy access to the Gulf of Mexico, Gordon Pass and Naples Bay. You can learn more about Park Shore Marina by visiting their website. The Naples School of Boating will coordinate the rental boat for all training sessions, and you will then be provided with further instructions.

What type of boat is the training course conducted with? Our preferred training vessel is the 21 foot Key West Center Console, complete with built in Garmin GPS. You can learn more about this boat boat by clicking here.

What is the cost of the Rental Boat Training Course? You will need a budget of approximately $850 to complete this program. The Florida Safe Boating Course is Free. The cost of our course is $500 and the cost of a half-day boat rental with Park Shore Marina is approximately $350. All courses through the Naples School of Boating are subject to changes including price changes at any time. Additional fees and restrictions may apply. Please request a copy of our Customer Agreement for full details. All rentals through Park Shore Marina are subject to the prices, terms and conditions set forth by Park Shore Marina.

How do I schedule the training course? Please contact the Naples School of Boating and we will assist you in scheduling not only the boat, but also the instructor. During “busy season” which is November through the end of April, please expect to wait at least two weeks for your sessions. You will not be allowed to schedule any appointments until you have completed the Florida Safe Boating Course and send us a copy of your certificate, which you will be able to print out as soon as you complete the Florida Safe Boating Course.

Can I buy additional training sessions? Yes, but you will also need to pay for the rental boat in addition to our training fee.

Are there any restrictions with the Rental Boat Training Course? All training appointments are subject to the terms and conditions stated in the customer agreement, which you will be provided with and required to sign and return prior to scheduling your training appointments. Training appointments are also subject to the terms and conditions of the rental agreement. However, there a few important restrictions that we would like to point out:

  1. Our program allows for TWO trainees aboard the boat. No other passengers or guests are allowed.
  2. Trainees must be age 25 or older and have a Florida Safe Boating Certificate to operate the rental boat. This is a Park Shore Marina rule, no exceptions.

Our on-water training program is an excellent choice for boaters who want to become better, safer boat renters, and those who would like to gain some knowledge and experience at the helm before purchasing a boat. If you have additional questions please contact us and we will be happy to help.