Drive a race boat
Are you ready for the ride of your life?
Experience driving a Formula Light tunnel race boat in a safe and enjoyable environment. Not only will you gain the skills you need to take on the competition, but you’ll also walk away with memories that will last a lifetime. This experience is affordable and accessible, so you don’t have to sacrifice your passion for your budget. By taking the Powerboat Nationals Driving Academy, you’ll be one step closer to living out your dreams of racing as a competitor in an upcoming Formula Light events. So what are you waiting for? Take the first step towards the adventure of a lifetime and join us on the water!
We provide high-quality instruction and support in a safe and productive environment. Join us now and take the first step towards success in tunnel boat racing!
Registration will be available one hour prior to the start of the class. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet your instructors, fellow classmates, complete necessary paperwork, and register for a weekend special event membership with the American Power Boat Association (APBA). It is important to note that this course is an APBA approved event, and membership is required.
A yearly APBA membership option will be available during registration for an additional cost.
Classroom sessions are led by experienced Powerboat Nationals tunnel boat pilots and staff. This part of the program covers the basic fundamental principles of tunnel boat racing, safety equipment, race course navigation, terminology, and Tunnel Race Boat Anatomy. Our aim is to equip participants with practical knowledge and skills for success in this exciting sport.
The Capsule training session of the course is conducted by the Powerboat Nationals professional rescue team along with your instructors in a controlled swimming pool environment. The primary objective of this training is to educate you on the proper use of an onboard air system and safe evacuation in the event of a capsized boat.
It is mandatory to complete Capsule Training to qualify for race boat operation and racing competition. Upon successful completion, your certification will remain valid for up to two years
In case you need to renew your Capsule Training Certification, please reach out to Powerboat Nationals as they will be happy to assist you.
Get excited because it’s your turn to get behind the wheel and take control!
After a quick briefing and ensuring all safety measures are in place, it’s time to put your knowledge from the classroom into action on the water. Your instructor will be with you every step of the way, with radio communication. They will be guiding you through each lap as you become more and more confident.
Keep in mind, this isn’t a race. This is about you learning how to drive a Formula Light Tunnel Hull Race Boat. Every time you complete a lap, you’re gaining valuable skills and experience.
Ensuring the safety of each participants is of utmost importance. As such, we take all necessary precautions when it comes to safety measures. Appropriate safety gear meant for the specific type of racing will be made available to you to use during the driving academy. This gear is similar, if not the same, to what our experienced instructors use.
During the entire course, the expert Powerboat Nationals rescue team, consisting of highly trained firefighters, EMTs, and first responders with vast experience in race boat rescue, will be present on-site.
The Driving Academy is a comprehensive course for those interested in experiencing Formula Light Boat racing. This 2 day course is typically held over a weekend with a schedule similar to this:
- 5:00 PM Registration / Meet & Greet
- 6:00-9:00 PM Classroom
- 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM Capsule Training
- 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM On Water / Driving
- 7:00 PM – Dinner and Completion Presentation
The race boat driving academy is proud to offer you expert instruction from highly experienced professionals. The team of instructors and advisors have extensive experience, in boat racing, including the Powerboat Nationals Race Series. They are equipped to guide you on the proper techniques and safety measures for driving a Formula Light tunnel boat, ensuring that you receive the best possible training as you start your journey towards becoming a skilled and confident tunnel boat pilot.
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