Instruction for Women by a Woman

If you would like to be able to handle your boat in an emergency, occasionally take the helm or feel comfortable taking it out on you own, learning from your spouse is not always the best option.

Likewise, learning to operate a boat by reading a book or taking a classroom course is like learning to drive a standard shift car by reading a manual. It just doesn't work.

Certainly, Power Squadron, Coast Guard Auxiliary and other Rules of the Road courses are extremely important and every boater should take one, just like the classroom portion of Driver's Education.

But don't forget how you learned to parallel park: it wasn't at a desk!

I believe in offering you the opportunity to learn the basics with the best of both worlds; a short introduction to all aspects of the boat, and actual time at the helm.
Captain Sue Bladek, providing power boat instruction for women in West Michigan

My goal for you: face your fears, build your comfort level and let you boat safely, learning with concentrated one-on-one instruction.


Moving up to a larger boat was somewhat overwhelming, so I need to learn many new things, like tying lines, maneuvering, and docking. As a woman I wanted to know how to drive our 27 foot boat, so my husband could rely on my help. Sue taught me how to handle our boat in many different situations, by practicing the techniques of getting on plane, adjusting the trim tabs, docking, pivoting, using the VHF radio. Capt'n Sue was a fantastic teacher and I now feel confident about my boating skills. I would recommend that women take a boating course, even though they don't plan on driving their boat. You really need to know how to pilot your boat in case of an emergency, but why not have some fun and drive it too!

Valarie K.