Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is BoatClass™?
BoatClass is an on-the-water training program available to individuals, age 21 and older, where you do most of the driving. Launched earlier this year at certain Freedom Boat Club locations, BoatClass teaches boating safety and maneuvering skills to beginners as well as boaters looking for a training refresh. Certified US Coast Guard captains lead 3-hour basic courses starting at only $199. Classes are convenient and affordable, not to mention – effective! Before taking BoatClass the average customer rated their boating skills and confidence on average a “3” on a scale of 1-10. This number jumps to about a “7” after participating in a training session with BoatClass.
How much does BoatClass cost?
We charge by the seat. The cost is $199 per student per weekday class, and $249 per student per weekend class.
Can I reserve an entire boat if it's just me or if I don't have the max number of people to fill the boat in my party?
So glad you asked; absolutely! In fact, we have customers that do it all the time and we encourage it. We understand that some people prefer more 1-on-1 time with the captain, while others like the experience of learning in a group atmosphere. In order to reserve an entire boat for an entire session, you will need to book all three available seats on the boat and would be responsible for all three student fees for that session. If a class already has a seat reserved, you will not be able to book all three seats for yourself.
How do I sign up?
Just choose the best location for you based on our class list on BoatClass.com, and you will be directed to our scheduling and payment system. Choose the date and time that best fits your schedule, then pay. It’s that easy!
What size boat is used for training?
BoatClass uses a range of 22’ – 24’ recreational boats.
Do I get anything for completing the class?
You will receive a certificate of completion immediately following the class provided that your BoatClass Captain confirms approval of your successful course completion. You will also receive a special Freedom Boat Club promotional offer valid for 2024 graduates only (see link and Terms and Conditions of offer.)
Is the BoatClass® curriculum offered online?
As a relatively new offering in the market, we chose to emphasize 100% on-the-water training at this time because we feel there’s no substitute for hands-on learning.
We encourage you to check with your local boat rental company or insurance provider to see if they will honor your BoatClass training toward any requirements or special offerings as well.
Do you offer training on my own boat?
Our program focuses on Basic BoatClass on-water training using a Freedom Boat Club boat. We do not currently offer training on the individual student’s boat.
Is there a class for kids?
Not at this time. BoatClass participants must be 21 or older (25 and older for some markets).