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On-Water Training

On-Water Training has the answer to your boating worries. Our unique hands-on, customized program covers all the ins-and-outs of boating. Our instructors have years of extensive cruising and training experience aboard nearly every style of boat.

We are located in the Seattle area, but will travel worldwide to you and your boat.

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Our Story

On-Water Training has instructed thousands of boaters since 1988, when founder Bob Meng originated the first hands-on, on your boat type education. On-Water-Training has since provided training to thousands of people on board nearly every style vessel built.

Bob Meng, who as an airline pilot and experienced yacht captain found a lack in professional marine training. Understanding how the airlines develop highly proficient and safe pilots, he took to the drawing board to create the first ever professional hands-on instruction for boaters.

On-Water Training brings a wealth of knowledge to the boater. We take the anxiety out of boating by teaching with patience and humor. Our course is the most rigorous of its kind.

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What You Will Learn

Today’s boats have become very complex with sophisticated systems. These systems require professional training and up-to-date experience on all the new technology. Our trainers have a wealth of knowledge in legacy and modern marine systems.

You will become relaxed and proficient with maneuvering and docking in tight quarters and extreme conditions. Our training goes over systems, troubleshooting, regulations, navigation, all your electronics and every aspect of boating.

Key Objectives:
•Boat Handling and Docking
•Radio Communications
• Rules of the Road
•Emergency Preparedness
•Charts and Navigation
•Going through the locks
•Use of all electronics
•Heavy Seas Training


What to Expect During Training

Depending on the size of your boat and the complexity of the systems aboard gauges the amount of time needed to complete the course. Training days typically run from morning until the early evening or late afternoon. Our schedules are customizable and we will do our best to accommodate your schedule and needs.

The first day is spent going from bow to stern learning about systems. It is important as a boat owner that you know how your systems function, so if there is a malfunction you can identify why. We review the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) standards and train you to recognize if something is not in compliance with the standards.

The next couple of days are usually spent concentrating on maneuvering, docking, anchoring, rules of the road and emergency preparedness. We perform a variety of emergency simulations while training to assure that you are ready to manage all emergencies if they were to occur in real life. Examples of these simulations are taking on water, on-board fire and zero visibility.

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Group Lessons

We feel it is extremely important that anyone you will be boating with has a general knowledge of what is happening with the boat. Whether that is your spouse, family or friends. It is beneficial that all parties have the same understanding of the boating process. This creates for relaxing cruising.

We charge a daily rate, which allows for more people to join the training at no additional cost.


One-on-One Lessons

Our goal is to equip you with the skills and confidence to handle and maintain your boat in every situation. We do this with an interactive, fun and extremely patient approach. Since the course is customized we focus on a topic until you feel fully comfortable in that area.

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Reduce Insurance Costs:

On-Water Training has gained the reputation of providing the best training available. Insurance companies offer discounts for boaters receiving their “On-Water Training Certificate”

100% Satisfaction Guarantee:

We are very proud of the fact that we have close to a 100% satisfaction rating with our customers. We greatly enjoy that our clients become long time boating partners and continue to seek our services after initial trainings are complete. Not only will you become part of a large following and a big family of happy boaters, but you will also be able to take advantage of the ongoing exclusive benefits of training with On-Water Training.

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Since all boats are unique and vary in complexity, we are unable to provide exact pricing without more information. Trainings are customized based on the needs of the clients.

Please call or email us and we would be happy to provide you a quote.

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“Everyone would benefit from On-Water Training’s professional training expertise, whether in a serious emergency or just enjoying cruising. This training provided us the necessary skill possible to save the lives of 11 on-board guests and prevent the rapid sinking of our yacht, every boater should be required to take the On-Water Training course... one can’t afford not to!”

Jim and Di Mance, 37' Sea Ray, Issaquah, WA

“On-Water Training is so good that the companies we represent give premium discounts for completion of this training. There is simply no better instruction available for the boater or boating family.”

Neal Booth, Boat Insurance Agency

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Contact Us

2700 W. Commodore Way, Bldg. A-2
Seattle, WA 98199 USA


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