Boating School Newport Beach


Newport Coast Maritime Academy is an accredited US Powerboating school offering private training to boat owners in Southern California. Our instructors will help you and your family develop the skills and knowledge to operate safely and with confidence. Our US Powerboating school certifications are recognized by major insurance carriers and charter companies as a qualification to operate a large motor yacht without a professional captain on board.


Southern California Powerboat School


We GUARANTEE upon successful completion of our powerboat certification courses you will qualify for insurance coverage as an owner/operator or we’ll refund your course tuition.

Basic Cruising
Coastal Cruising
Night Operations Course
Keelboat Advanced Racing
Electronic Navigation
Night Operations
Keelboat Training
Keelboat Racing
Vessel Maintenance
Basic Captain Package
Cruising Captain Package
Captain Upgrade Package

“Love the freedom of driving my own boat”

With my certification, I got insured as an owner/operator. My savings in captain fees paid for this course. Thank you!!

"Basic Keelboat"

After taking this course my wife and I are experiencing a whole new level of enjoyment on our Harbor 20.

“The Cruising Course Is Worth It”

Whenever we’d plan to take our 60’ Sunseeker we had to make sure someone was onboard to help us with docking/undocking. After taking the Basic Cruising Course and getting some great tips from our instructor now we can dock with ease … thanks, NCMA!!


Frequently asked questions and answers.

Q. Do I have to take a US Powerboating certification course to get insurance coverage as an owner/operator?

No, for owners who desire only to qualify for insurance coverage as an owner/operator we offer a non-certification BASIC POWERBOATING COURSE.

Q. Will I be able to charter a vessel as Captain if we go abroad?

Yes, the US Powerboating Basic Cruising, Coastal Cruising and Night Operations courses, when combined, are recognized by many charter companies as qualification to charter their powerboats.

Q. Can I get my California Boater’s License?

Yes, we are approved by NASBLA and the California Department of Boating and Waterways to administer the CA Boaters Card exam as part of the BASIC CRUISING COURSE.

Q. How much experience do I need to take the Basic Powerboat course?

For the BASIC CRUISING COURSE we recommend basic knowledge and skills handling a powerboat and more importantly a desire to learn. That’s it!!.