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What is the difference between the three, five and
Our program is private. We do not try to put other students in your course. This is why we can offer 101/103/104 in one course. By concentrating on you, and your goals and dreams, we can be very successful.
We specialize in this liveaboard program. Other companies try to arrange a part time instructor and one of their rental boats and you. This is very different than what we do.
Our course is longer. Take our five day course for example, you may and should board your yacht on Sunday at around 2 pm. You and your partner can check in get acquainted with the boat and relax, read and get ready for boat handling on Monday.
Our boats are awesome. We own all of our boats. We specifically purchased and outfitted these boats for this program. Make an appointment and see for yourself.
Our location is awesome. San Diego, California is open for boating year round. Some of the industry's best people live and work here. There is every type of boating related business. Have a question on watermakers? There are 3 businesses on Shelter Island that service and install watermakers.
You will have the same instructor every day. At other schools you might have a different part time instructor every day.
In short, we care. We want you to succeed in your
boating goals. Nothing beats the feeling you get as
a professional instructor when you get
emails letters and pictures like these.
What is the weather like?
Do you offer courses all year? Which is the best month?
Yes, of course, classes are offered 12 months a year in San Diego. We are called "Americas Finest City". The best month depends on where you are from. May-November is when we get students from States where it is hot. (Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, Utah etc.) November-May, we get students from Europe, the East Coast, Mid West and Alaska. We operate in a thermal sea breeze here. You'll see pretty much the same conditions year round. It's cooler in the winter, warmer in the summer. There really is no bad month.
What about Hurricanes?
We are lucky and don't have them.
Do we take Wednesday off as a free day to go to the zoo?
No, we get underway every day.
What type of boats do you use?
We offer professional powerboating instruction aboard our Bayliner 3388 command bridge motor yachts.
What are your instructor's qualifications?
All our instructors are licensed yachtmasters, and certified powerboating instructors. Our tenured instructors have over twenty years of year round teaching experience with SDSA.com. Our newest instructor has worked here nine years.
How do I make a reservation?
Please call 619-299-9247 or 800-441-8672 select an available week and provide us with a 50% deposit.
How far in advance do I need to make a reservation?
We typically book about 45-60 days in advance. However, if you need a reservation sooner than that, please check with us for availability. If you have specific dates in mind, it is never too early to reserve exactly what you want. We do accept reservations up to a year in advance.
What are the payment terms?
To make a reservation a 50% deposit is required. Your balance is due upon your arrival. We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and your personal check is welcome.
What is your refund policy?
Your deposit is non refundable. If you need to
reschedule your course, you may do so for a fee:
Are there any other fees associated with our course?
No, your books, tests and certification are included in your tuition. The yacht will be supplied with a full tank of fuel.
If I am a current member of a yacht club, do I have reciprocal privileges with SDPBA?
Yes, we welcome current yacht club members and we will gladly extend reciprocal privileges.
What types of accommodations are there?
Typically, our students will either stay aboard one of our powerboats or make an independent reservation at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa. If you choose to stay at the Kona Kai, you will be afforded a special discount as a client of the San Diego Powerboating Academy.
Whichever accommodations you chose, as a client of
San Diego Powerboating Academy, all of the Kona Kai
Resort amenities are available to you!
Are provisions included?
No, provisions are not included in your tuition.
Is there a
market nearby where we can purchase groceries and
Is there a place to park my car?
Yes, there is one parking space provided per group.
What about a car rental
while we are in San Diego?
Can we add a person to our course?
Yes, however the larger the group the less individualized the instruction. There is a flat $750 additional person fee added to any course tuition.
Can we bring a ride along person who will not take lessons?
Is there somewhere I can check my email?
Yes, the Marina has free, secure Wi-Fi.
Can I bring my pet?
When can I start my live-aboard course?
All classes start on Monday at 9:30. Plan to arrive
as early as
2:00pm on the Sunday prior to your class to
check in and relax.
No, you do not need your passport to take 101/103/104/105. However, if your yacht goes to Los Coronado's Islands in Mexico or crosses the US/Mexico border you will need to report to the customs dock and clear customs. It is recommended that you bring your passport. If you are taking Advanced Coastal Cruising 106 or higher your passport is required.
Can you do this course on my boat?
Yes, although we don't prefer to. This service is only available Monday thru Friday and a travel charge may apply.
I have already taken 101 but I haven't done much boating since. I want to have a refresher course, which course should I sign up for?
Sign up for a five day.
My son/daughter is only 14. Can he/she get certified too?
The age for minimum certification is 16. If your child meets this criteria you and your child may complete the course together.
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