Hands on boating instruction that teaches you the on-water skills you need to be safe.
Unlike a motor vehicle, driving a boat takes a lot of time and on-water experience, yet when you take delivery of your new vessel there is really very little instruction included with the delivery. As an avid boater on Lake George, I all too often see the frustration boaters have when it comes to the basics of boating, including driving, docking, anchoring, and proper navigation. The intent of The Boat Coach is to teach you how to successfully and confidently operate your boat on the water. This is not a classroom setting, but a hands-on approach to boating. This 3 to 4 hour on-water instruction is welcome to captains and their spouses and children age 14 or older that currently possess a New York State boating safety certificate.
A 3 - 4 hour hands on boating experience on your boat that teaches you on-water instruction including:
(no water skiing lessons available)
$250 for 2 hours (minimum) of on-water instruction.
For an additional fee, trailering, towing, and launching instructions are available.
Who is welcome?
Up to 2 adults and children age 14 or older* with a valid NYS boater safety card are welcome to attend the instructional period. *Sorry but due to strict liability constraints, no children under the age of 14 will be permitted on a vessel during the instructional period. This will be strictly enforced.
As a life-long resident of the Lake George region, I was fortunate to be able to grow up on Assembly Point on the beautiful waters of Lake George. As a young boy, I developed a fascination for anything boating and learned to drive my first boat, our family owned 1953 Shepherd Mahogany inboard, at a very young age. In my teen years you would find me on the docks of Beckley’s Marina where I learned almost everything there was to learn about boats and boating, including the mechanics of boats and motors, docking, knots, and my all-time favorite, the ability to parallel park a boat in a very confined space. It just so happens that while attending college in Waltham, Massachusetts I was able to put myself through school working at a local Boat/US Marine Store. Here, I spent my college years learning just about everything else there was to learn about boats, including proper equipment, paint, reading maps and offshore navigation and I was even introduced to sailing which I thought I would never have the patience to conquer, but I did.
After marriage and when our children came along, I continued boating on Lake George and introduced my children to the wonderful world of boating. Today you will find my daughters following in their dad’s footsteps as they both work at local marina’s. I hold my joint pilots and engineering license and the required New York State Boaters Safety Certificate.
This does not guarantee your appointment. We will contact you with confirmation or other options.