Congratulations on finding on one of the best RPBA certified and NASBLA approved school in Florida. Sign up now and create a learning experience that will last a lifetime. We employ a unique “underway floating classroom” approach, which places students at the helm of a training vessel with a USCG-licensed and Recreational Powerboat Association (RPBA)-certified instructor. Providing additional insurance discounts “Boating Year after Year” upon completion of the courses. We’ve accomplished all the rigorous qualification standards, which are internationally recognized. Our RPBA-certified courses offer hands-on training for power boaters of all experience levels. Also, the courses we provide are all approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)—meeting the known mandatory education and licensing requirements in all the jurisdictions of the United States.
So what do you want to learn on? Single inboard, single outboard, dual inboard, and/or a stern drive outboard? Basically, if it has an engine, we teach you not only how to operate it, but to master it. We offer a floating classroom where you gain actual helm experience operating our provided vessel(s) or even your very own! You too can learn on the only Fountain Pajot MY 37 in the entire country here at Cruising Florida—and you can even stay aboard.
The RPBA 1101 course is for new or seasoned mariners to learn fundamental knowledge and skills essential to all powerboat skippers. The goal is to prepare students to skipper their own boat safely and with confidence. Essential skills are best learned through practical experience, therefore the students engage in hands-on exercises during specially designed underway learning sessions. Classes are conducted aboard a single or twin inboard or outboard/stern drive boat. Participants may choose to learn aboard the propulsion type that best suits their individual needs. The practical skills we offer include:
• Precision Boat Handling in Close Quarters
• Route Planning
• Using Aids to Navigation
• Applying Rules of the Road while Underway
• Basic Boat Systems
The RPBA 1102 take the above course and makes it a 2 day get-away as you’ll be staying aboard overnight. Building upon the RPBA 1101 course, the 1102’s primary objective is to teach you how to safely operate a 30- to 45-foot displacement vessel on inland waters (to include the Intracoastal Waterway or ICW). In this course, we also take an in-depth look at the boat systems and safety equipment. You’ll become more competent and more confident in the following:
• Route Planning
• Chart Plotting
• Rules of the Road
• Handling Waves and Wakes Safely
• Emergency Handling
• VHF Radio Use
Finally, the RPBA 1103 is 3 day overnight course where participants can put to use the skills developed in the previous classes. Participants can practice anchoring overnight in a designated anchorage. They also get to do the following activities:
• Practice the Use of a Dingy to Go Ashore
• Plan Their Own Route
• Practice Navigation and Chart Knowledge
• Provision for the Crew
• Plan Meals
• Assign Crew Responsibilities Underway
Being located at The Marriott Renaissance Vinoy Resort in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, comes with extraordinary benefits. You’ll have access to all the amenities, which include a heated pool, hot tubs, state of the art fitness center including steam, sauna, and indoor whirlpools, full service day spa and salon, and room service directly to your boat. Also, includes a 10% discount at the bars and restaurants in the resort, so you can spend your evening enjoying a fresh mojito—after studying of course!
Come and see why St. Petersburg, Florida is gaining international attention with its Mediterranean atmosphere, blooming arts and culture scene, a reputation for craft beer and great dining, and only a short drive to some of the best beaches in the entire country. We are located 20 minutes from either the Tampa International or Clearwater/St. Petersburg airport. This isn’t sailing made easy, this is sailing in the good life. With our credentials, instructors, courses that offer the opportunity to gain depth, and having exclusive access to a high-end resort, we at Sailing Florida Charter & Sailing School, Inc are glad to be your next step.