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​​Powerboat Nationals
invites you to drive one of our Extreme Powerboats!
You will learn to drive one of these race boats in a safe, enjoyable enviroment, at an affordable cost. Walk away with a ride of a lifetime and you'll be one step closer to racing as a competitor in an up-coming "Powerboat Nationals" event.

2-SEATER DRIVING ACADEMY BOAT TRAINING

This is the first step of the Driving Academy. Perspective candidates will ride along with an experienced driving academy instructor to show you how it feels to be in tunnel boat and demonstrate how the boat will handle and to gauge your interest in going to the next step of the driving academy. The next step is Capsule Training and it is a MANDATORY REQUIREMENT to proceed to driving a boat by yourself.

*You are able to drop out of the driving academy training process at any time.

  

CAPSULE TRAINING

Powerboat Nationals qualified rescue team will give you the same capsule training that APBA racers take. You'll learn to use an onboard air system, and to safely and calmly exit a flipped boat. Training is a MANDATORY REQUIREMENT.

  

-If you decide that you want to race professionally, this will be a requirement that is completed every 2 years.

CLASS TIME

Experienced race drivers will teach you racing terms, tips on safety and boat handling. Crew members will teach you details about the boat and how things work from the outside of the cockpit.

WATER TIME

 

Then it's your turn to drive 10 laps. Your instructor will guide you via radio, and evaluate you after you come in. You are not racing; you are learning to drive. On each lap, you'll gain confidence and skill.

​SAFETY FIRST

 

Safety is our top priority. That is why we are offering an driving academy. This will be an APBA & IJSBA approved event. Which means... You are covered by a trained rescue team and by one of the best insurance programs in motorsports.

SCHEDULE

 

Friday 6 pm to 8 pm - Capsule Training for Pro Tunnel Driving Academy

Friday 9 pm to 11 pm - Student Social Time (Off Site)

Saturday 8am to 10:30 am - Classroom Training for Pro Tunnel Boat

Saturday 10:30am to Noon - Classroom Training for SPARK Series

Saturday 11am to Noon - Lunch (Off Site) for Pro Tunnel Boat

Saturday Noon to 1pm - Lunch (Off Site) for SPARK Series

Saturday Noon to 1pm  - Driving School Boat hands on overview @ the ramp

Saturday 1pm to 6pm - Water time in the Driving School Boat & the SPARK Ski

Saturday 8pm - Driving Academy Awards Celebration

 

INSTRUCTORS

 

Your Driving School Instructors and advisors are current or former boat racers themselves. They will help to instruct you on how to drive the School Boat and the do's and not do's of driving a tunnel boat.

 

 

Steve Merleau

 

* Team Gulf Marine

* Team Kingdom Energy

* Team Merleau Racing

Dan Bunting

 

* Team Gulf Marine

* Team Flex Seal

* Team Monster Energy

Jeff Vasko

 

* Team E3 Spark Plugs

* Team Hampton Inn

* Team Holiday Inn

Mark Jakob

 

* Team Budweiser Racing

* Team Pepsi Racing

* Team Hard Rock Cafe

How much does it cost?

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Driving Academy will supply:

 

  • The Race Boat

  • The Safety Equipment

  • The Communications Equipment

  • The Classroom and on-water Instruction

  • The Capsule Training & Certification

  • The Current APBA or IJSBA On-Line Rule Book

  • The Certificate of Completion

 
 
 

 For more info  CLICK HERE

$ 500.00

 
ABPA and or IJSBA Weekend License Included  

*Lodging and meals are not included

ADMISSION IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED; SPACE IS LIMITED - APPLY TODAY!
 


Driving Academy is limited to 10 participants in Each Series Class

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