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The Naples School of Boating is the premier boating school in Southwest Florida, serving Naples, Fort Myers and Marco Island. Our mission is to make you a safe, confident and successful recreational boater. We do that by taking an overwhelming amount of knowledge and information and breaking it down into simple steps and easy to remember tips. Our coaching and mentoring will help to ease your fears and concerns, but also push you to achieve greater success. All on-water trainings are conducted on your boat, so that you may become proficient and confident aboard your vessel. Ready to live the boating lifestyle? It’s as easy as one, two, three!

Our On-Water Training Process

Step One: Complete the Florida Safe Boating Course which provides the foundation of knowledge that you will need to complete your on-water training. This online course will teach you boating safety including rules of the road and an understanding of the buoy system. This course is a prerequisite for the on-water training offered by the Naples School of Boating. 

Step Two: Once you have completed your Florida Boating Safety Course, it’s time to get out on the water! Our comprehensive on-water training program gives you the opportunity to learn hands-on, aboard your own boat. We cover everything you need to know including docking, anchoring, piloting, navigation, GPS, weather, mechanical and electrical systems, safety, and much more. We tailor all trainings to your boat, your skill level and your pace for learning.

Step Three: Focus Sessions: Like most sports, boating usually can’t be mastered with just one lesson. Our most popular focus sessions include:

  • Docking and maneuvering in close quarters
  • Planning a trip for a day or weekend
  • Traditional Navigation using paper charts
  • Electronics training including GPS, sonar, radar and autopilot

The Naples School of Boating can create any customized training program, itinerary or focus session to meet your needs. Please submit our customer registration form and let us design a training plan tailored to you.

Our Qualifications

All trainings are conducted by a Licensed Captain with 10+ years of experience as an on-water instructor. Our on-water training program meets the rigorous standards set by the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.


Start Learning Today!

Please visit our contact page to sign up as a new customer or to inquire about our services, fees and availability. We look forward to helping you build a training plan that’s right for you.