• Welcome to Northwest Boater Training

    offering premiere boater education at all levels

  • Including On-The-Water training

    On your boat… or… ours

  • Learning in the Classroom

    find a course being offered in your neighborhood

  • Learning by Teaching

    course and seminar content ranges from boating for beginners through celestial navigation

  • Learning by Rendezvous

    come for the boating education……….stay for the friends

  • Learning by Joining

    view testimonials and benefits

  • Learning by Doing

    Learning programs extend across the US, Alaska and territories

  • Learning on a Boat

    a great way to pass the requirements for the Boater Operator’s Card

  • Hands on Learning

    Take America’s Boating Course from our certified instructors and earn your boater operator’s card

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    Learning by Community Service

    engineering a safety ladder for a local marina

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    Learning by Practise

    learning about our PFDs at a local pool

  • Learning From the Community

    presenters represent fire departments, coast guard, border security and other areas of expertise

Whether you are new to boating, want to take a course that qualifies you for your Washington State Boater Education Card (boating license), or just want to tune up your skills, you have come to the right website. We have boating courses and training by certified instructors who will give you the tools all sail and power boaters need to enhance safety and fun on the water.  We have both classroom and On-The-Water (OTW) training. NW Boater Training is an easy way to contact the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) to find out where and when our boating classes are scheduled in the State of Washington. We also feature OTW training with our basic course, ABC (America's Boating Course), as well as our advanced courses like Seamanship, Piloting, Advanced Piloting, Navigation, or Sail. We have the training that's just right for you. The USPS has certified instructors and boating classes not far from where you live or boat. So, check out our course descriptions and schedules on this website to find a class near you. Contact us for any additional questions you may have or click on the "Course Locations" button to go to the Washington State Map, then click on a community nearest you to see a listing of courses offered at that location. Click on our courses and seminars link to gain a high level overview of the range of training available at nominal cost. Ever wonder what model of PFD to buy, what needs to be done to your engine to prepare it for the winter, or what cruising is like up to Alaska? Answers to all these questions are available through our courses and contact with our experienced instructors, who volunteer their time to become certified by the State of Washington to impart their knowledge of the boating world onto you! Take advantage of their expertise!