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Boating Safety Fundamentals – Premier Interactive Boating Skills Trainer


The award-winning Boating Skills Virtual Trainer™ embodies a realistic boating experience using sophisticated water physics developed by Virtual Driver Interactive and course content provided by the US Power Squadrons® as well as input from the National Safe Boating Council, the Boat U.S. Foundation, Brunswick Marine, Mercury Marine and Boston Whaler.

The Boating Skills Virtual Trainer received the 2015 Innovations Award from The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)  at the 2015 Annual NASBLA Conference in Wichita, Kansas. The NASBLA Innovations Award is presented annually to the program or initiative that demonstrates the highest level of innovation leading to advances in boating safety.  Read More Here.

The simulation based training compliments on-the-water training programs and requires the same level of competency. Simulation allows students to practice a wide variety of boat handling and safety procedures. Even subtle maneuvers are made possible thanks to extremely accurate boat and water physics.

boating simulatorTo Be More Realistic You Would Have to Get Wet

The BSVT boasts high-end technology featuring three HD monitors with an expansive field of vision, actual boating controls including a Mercury Marine throttle. Your boat reacts accurately to trim settings, current and wind, in day or night scenarios, all controllable by the driver.



Lesson Scenes:

  • Departing the Dock
  • Working with Spring Lines
  • Fairways
  • Pivot Turns
  • Moorings
  • Docking
  • Slalom
  • Crossing/Overtaking/Meeting
  • Emergency Stop
  • Variable winds, strong currents with day & night scenarios
  • Beaching
  • Man Overboard
  • And more are continually being added


The Training Environment: The Lake

All lessons occur on an open, expansive lake, which includes a complete marina, navigational markings (range markers, day beacons, channel markers, etc.), beach area, and shallow water. Distinct sections of the lake are set aside for docking, slalom, passing/meeting/overtaking other boats, mooring, and other open water maneuvers.  Newest features include stop watch and timer functions as well as a virtual chart plotter.  The BSVT has multiple language capability including English, Spanish, French and Mandarin . . . customizable to nearly any language!



Online Boating Courses & Seminars Offered by the US Power Squadrons

  • America’s Boating Course
  • Partner in Command
  • Boating on Rivers, Locks &Lakes

For more information on courses as well as locating a squadron near you, click here.




More Hardware Information

Client Success“Boating safety is the priority of the United States Power Squadrons. Offering this hands-on simulator will be a fun experience among new and experienced boaters alike.”

Lisa Herndon, Project Manager Boating Skills Virtual Trainer USPS

By utilizing this realistic simulation in conjunction with the Practical On the Water safety course, students will gain improved retention and understanding of boating safety. Boating is fun, training should be as well.
Bob Davis, CEO of VDI

Check out Our Video Gallery

  • Emergency Stop
  • Fairways
  • Night Boating Simulation
  • Overtaking
  • Slalom
  • Working with Springlines
  • Boating at USPS Show
  • Departing the Dock
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