Being a captain of your own vessel can be so satisfying, this can be easier than you might previously imagine. Depending on your boating preference, there are a number of courses running from basic to advanced lessons in navigation, anchoring and docking. Getting nationally certified is quite simple when you have an experienced teacher by your side. So, what are the requirements and what are the powerboat passport certification courses? Below are a few insights into what you should expect.
START WITH PLEASURE CRAFT OPERATIONS CARD (PCOC)
Depending on which country you come from, this is the accredited proof to show basic competence in operating a power driven vessel of any size.
PCOC card can be gotten by taking an in-person or an online course and successfully passing the exam. Once you receive the card, it is advisable to always have it on you whenever you are out boating as you are most likely going to come across law enforcers who will ask for it.
In case of short time boat renting, a PCOC may not be required. The rental agency will provide you with safety check list, which they will make sure you are taken through before boating out.
This is the first step in the journey of becoming a confident boater. More hours is recommended at this stage to build more skills and courage in navigation.
WHAT OTHER BOATING COURSES ARE THERE?
Besides getting the PCOC, it’s recommended to go for further training. These courses include practical training and theoretical instructions on how to crew a boat, operation of marine radio, how to dock anchor, trailer etc.
There are training programs running from basic level skills to Yacht Master Certification, course names may vary from school to school as each prefer to name their own courses independently.
While choosing a school, make sure its courses are internationally certified and recognized by a bod such as, International Yacht Training or International Sail +Power.