At The Helm Training
At The Helm Training offers 3 Types of Courses
A hands-on, on-the-water course designed for boats ranging from 17' to 40', available on both your vessel or ours.
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A fully immersive training tailored specifically for boat owners and operators, catering to vessels over 40'.
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Online Boat US Course recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard, approved by NASBLA, FWC, and your state boating license agency.
On-Water Boat Handling Training
Our on-the-water boat handling course delves into docking, anchoring, navigation, situation awareness, radio etiquette, close-quarters maneuvering, and so much more.
This course is ideally for boats 17 to 40 feet.
Our Hands-On Boat Handling Course is offered as two options:
- Aboard our training boats in Stuart or Apollo Beach, FL
- Private lessons aboard your own boat
On-Water Boat Handling Course
How it Works
This course is a customized, on-water training available aboard your vessel. The Captain will come to your location and works with you aboard your boat to build on-water confidence focusing on boat handling & safety. The price of the course is $700 and allows 1-4 family members to train onboard.
No boat, no problem!
At The Helm Training has two main training boats in Stuart, FL and Apollo Beach, FL. The price of the course is $700 and has an additional charge for the cost of the training boat. This course allows for 1-3 family members onboard (ages 13+).
Our Training Boat Locations
If you don't have a boat, our two main training boat locations are in Stuart, FL and Apollo Beach, FL at present and other locations upon availability. See below to learn more about our training boats.
21’ Sea Hunt
Our training boat in Stuart, FL is a 21’ Sea Hunt. The St. Lucie River and Stuart Inlet in Florida offer a diverse and captivating boating experience. New engine and electronics, VHF radio, USCG required safety gear and more. We go above and beyond to keep you safe and comfortable so that you can get the most out of your training.
With picturesque landscapes, lush mangroves, and vibrant wildlife, these interconnected waterways provide a scenic backdrop for exploration. Navigating the St. Lucie River allows boaters to encounter various conditions, from protected creeks to swift currents, open waters, and bridges. Whether you're a seasoned boater or a beginner, this easily accessible destination offers a memorable experience in a beautiful natural setting.
24’ Boston Whaler
Apollo Beach, FL
Our Apollo Beach, FL training boat is a 24’ Boston Whaler. New engine and electronics, VHF radio, USCG required safety gear, and more. We go above and beyond to keep you safe and comfortable so that you can get the most out of your training.
Conveniently located near Tampa and St. Petersburg, this scenic inlet is a must-visit for boaters seeking adventure along Florida's Gulf Coast. The convenient location of Tampa Bay Inlet allows boaters to easily explore the surrounding coastal areas and nearby islands.
This multi-day, fully immersive course is based on your experience and size boat. The course delves into docking, vessel systems, maintenance, trip planning, electronics, safety procedures, close-quarters maneuvering, equipment usage, and so much more.
This course is ideally for boats over 40 feet+.
Multi-Day Owner/ Operator Course
How it Works
This course is a customized, on-water training available aboard your vessel. The Captain will come to your location and works with you aboard your boat. The price starts at $850 per day.
How many days?
This course can range from 2-10 days depending on your boating experience and the size of your vessel. We have found that the average length of our Owner/Operator Training Course is 5 days, plus a Check Ride.
Most insurance companies require on-water training and a Captain Sign-Off. Upon completion of your training and Check-Ride, a sign-off letter is provided directly to your insurance company. Contact us if you have difficulty obtaining insurance, we have resources and affiliates!