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NSBC Instructor Certification

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Join the NSBC Instructor Certification

The National Safe Boating Council Instructor Certification course is a train-the-trainer model. Instructor candidates will train with a NSBC Certified Instructor Trainer in a ratio of one (1) Instructor Trainer to four (4) Instructor Candidates.

Over a 3-day training period, the candidates will learn the NSBC Boat Control On-Water Training curriculum; the training program progresses from close quarter maneuvers at idle speed, to maneuvers in displacement mode, and advanced open water maneuvers on the final day. The candidates will first demonstrate the skill as they rotate turns at the helm; under the direction of the Instructor Trainer, each candidate must demonstrate each skill as outlined in the curriculum. When each candidate has successfully performed each skill in close quarters and open water, the candidates will then teach the curriculum to each other. This final step demonstrates that the candidates can not only perform the skill / maneuver, but they can teach it.


You will receive a binder with instructional materials that are yours to keep from the National Safe Boating Council. They will be distribute on day one during the classroom portion of the course. The binder includes both the NSBC Instructor Certification curriculum that will be covered in the course, and the Boat Control On-Water Training curriculum.

Here is the payment fee link to cover your training and course materials:

Course Schedule

Day 1: (9am to 5pm)
Approx. 2 hours in classroom, remainder of on the water

Day 2: (9am to 5pm)
Approx. 1 to 2 hours in classroom, remainder on the water

Day 3: (9am to 5pm)
Approx. 1 to 2 hours in classroom, remainder on the water


Whitman Marine Training’s 24ft Pontoon training vessel


Barber’s Basin Inc 108 Tilbury Rd, Salem, NJ 08079


Parking, and restrooms are available at the marina. There are no lockers on premises, so plan to store valuables in your car.


Upon successful completion of the course, the candidate becomes a NSBC Instructor that is certified to teach the NSBC Boat Control On-Water Training curriculum to students. The students can be: recreational boaters who need boat handling training, teens aged 13 – 19 (the NSBC teen program is Skipper Club), or for agencies – new hires that need to learn to operate the boat.


Candidates must be approved by the NSBC before being considered and/or schedules for this course.