Boat Safety

Any person born on or after January 1, 1988 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course before operating any vessel propelled by a motor of 10 HP or greater.

Boat safety tips and education is offered by Captain Dwayne.  Captain Dwayne gained valuable experience and knowledge while in serving in the US Coast Guard (USCG) that he uses to provide boat safety courses. While in the USCG, he was responsible for creating, plotting and navigating USCG vessels. He was qualified as the Underway Officer of the Deck of 110' Island-class patrol boat and a Coxswain of a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB).

Captain Dwayne's USCG career consisted of

  • Creating and plotting the navigational course for the first ever transatlantic transit for the USCG 110' Island-class patrol boat. 

  • Hours Underway: 4,139

  • Nautical Miles Underway: 31,330

  • Ports: 17


Captain Dwayne's Qualifications:

  • Merchant Mariner Credential (Captain License)

  • Authorized instructor of the NASBLA Boating Education Course (Required by the NC Wildlife for any person born on or after January 1, 1988)

  • Former USCG Underway Officer of the Deck

Boat Safety Topics:

  • NASBLA Boating Education Course (Required by the NC Wildlife for any person born on or after January 1, 1988)

  • New Boat Owner Specifics

    • How to connect to trailer​

    • Trailer Backing

    • Pre-cruise boat check list

    • Unloading Boat into water

    • Getting Underway

    • Loading Boat onto trailer

    • Post-Cruise boat check list

  • Docking

  • Rules of the Road

  • Boating Operation Safety             

Red Day Board Navigation
No Wake Zone

Boat Safety Study Material:

  • Rules of the Road Flash Cards

  • Rules of the Road Quick Reference Sheet                    

Click here to learn more about our boat safety education

Navigational buoy

It is the responsibility of the boat operator to know and follow all the navigation rules.

A navigation rule can be overlooked if necessary to avoid immediate danger. For a complete listing of the navigation rules, refer to Navigation Rules of the Road, published by the U.S. Coast Guard (COMDTINST 16672.2 Series) and available through the U.S. Government Printing Office or on the Web at