3 Day Power Boat Course | NW Explorations



“Top-flight instruction, outstanding equipment and amenities, and the consummate teacher. Simply the best training and mini-vacation I’ve had in years.” 

-William D., Davenport IA

Our training course offers the best of both worlds: learn how to skipper your own yacht, while enjoying a short vacation around the San Juan Islands. Learn new skills, build confidence, and make new friends.

The price of your course includes hands-on training, course materials, lodging for three nights, and nearly all of your meals.

To register fill out the form on the right of this page. Note: This course has a four person minimum. 

What You’ll Learn

Perfect for groups, couples, or solo mariners, this course offers hands-on training from some of the most knowledgeable and friendly instructors in the business.

During this course, you’ll learn:

  • Docking best practices
  • Twin engine maneuvering
  • Picking up a mooring buoy
  • Anchoring
  • Basic navigation and route planning
  • Emergency procedures and VHF communication
  • Diesel engine basics
  • Power management and ship’s systems

When you’re not in class, enjoy some free time exploring your anchorage or the restaurants and shops around the marina and then turn in for the night in your comfortable stateroom.

Check out the full itinerary to see everything you’ll learn and do.

Choose a Date

Your trip begins Friday night at 5pm with a happy hour meet-and-greet with your instructor and fellow students. You will sleep onboard your training vessel Friday night.  Training kicks-off Saturday morning at 8am. You’ll spend the first night out at anchor and the second at a local marina in the San Juan Islands. Training concludes Monday afternoon around 2pm in Bellingham, WA. If the date you want is full, contact us to be put on the wait list. 

2023 Class Dates

  • April 8 – 10
  • April 15 – 17
  • April 22 – 24
  • April 29 – May 1
  • May 6 – 8
  • May 13 – 15
  • May 20 – 22
  • May 27 – 29

Price: $1995/person (includes lodging, course materials, moorage fees, training, three breakfasts, three lunches, one dinner, and one certificate of completion)

Please note, accommodations are double occupancy cabins (a couple or shared with same sex student) with a shared head. Course Schedule is flexible and based upon boat availability.

Each class has very limited room, so book your course today! If the dates you would like are full, contact us about setting up a second training or a private class. To register, fill out the form on this page or give us a call! 1-(800)-826-1430

**At this time, we ask that all powerboat training participants provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID Test (PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to boarding or a Rapid Antigen Test taken no more than a day prior). Please be sure to contact us prior to your training dates if you need information on testing sites here in Bellingham. As we are living in a dynamic environment where COVID regulations are concerned, we will adhere to all federal, state, and local guidelines in terms of social distancing, group size restrictions and mask wearing if these mandates fall back into place.**