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Become A Recreational Boater

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? Start right here!

Basic Safe Boating Course

Complete the Florida Safe Boating Course which provides the foundation of knowledge that you will need to complete your navigation and on-water training. This self-paced online course will teach you boating safety including:

  • Nautical rules of the road
  • How the buoy system works
  • State and federal requirements
  • Safe operation of your vessel

Tutorial Videos

Navigating Naples is a series of tutorial videos designed to enhance the knowledge learned in the Basic Safe Boating Course and to prepare you for the on-water training component of our program. Videos include:

  • Understanding the Aids to Navigation System
  • Navigating with GPS
  • Tides in Southwest Florida
  • Marine Weather in Southwest Florida
  • Understanding Paper Nautical Charts

On-Water Training

Our nationally recognized on-water training course gives you the opportunity to learn hands-on, aboard your own boat. We tailor all trainings to your boat, your skill level and your pace for learning. We cover everything you need to know including:

  • Docking and maneuvering in close quarters
  • Proper anchoring procedures
  • Piloting and navigation including GPS and other electronics
  • Mechanical and electrical system overview
  • Safety review

Advanced Training

Like most recreational activities, boating usually can’t be mastered with just one lesson. The Naples School of Boating can create any customized training program, itinerary or focus session to meet your needs. 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

Insurance Required Training

Boating has become a very popular recreational activity in recent years, and many insurance companies are requiring new or inexperienced boat owners and operators to obtain proper training before heading out on the water. The Naples School of Boating can create any customized training program to satisfy your insurance company requirements. Our program includes:

  • Comprehensive syllabus with itemized training topics
  • Documented training hours
  • Letter of attestation signed by a Licensed Captain

Captain Services

Sometimes the best way to enjoy your boat is to have someone else do the driving. The Naples School of Boating offers Captain Services including local on-water delivery and relocation services in Southwest Florida. Many of our customers enjoy combining a delivery and training session for maximum value. Others prefer to sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Please submit our contact form to inquire about Captain Services.

Our Qualifications

All trainings are conducted by a Licensed Captain with 10+ years of experience as an on-water instructor. Our Nationally Recognized 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.

“You will not find a better class!! This is an outstanding instructor with excellent visual aids presented in a clear, thorough and professional manner. I am an educator and can say with confidence that the level of training and education provided is top notch!”

Carrie W