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World-class training on aspects of boat operation and repair


SAFE Boats has extensive experience providing comprehensive training programs to both civilian and government customers, and from individuals to the unit level. Our training program brings operators with unprecedented experience, lessons learned and proven operational employment concepts. Since 2005, we have trained 69 US agencies, 29 countries and completed more than 1,200 days of training. Any of our available training courses can be combined to customize the content that best fits your personnel requirements, and we can develop new courses as emerging needs are identified.

Current curriculum can be found here: SAFE Training Curriculum Brochure.

Leadership and experience

SAFE Boats understands that challenging maritime operations begin with highly skilled operators, support and management personnel. We bring seasoned instructors and tailored instructional techniques to help you grow integrated capabilities while mitigating risk. We work closely with our customers to develop and execute scalable exercises and training programs that enable organizations to discover, validate and prioritize core competencies that enhance mission readiness and increase survivability.

Our training program is comprised of veterans and reservists from the U.S. Marine Corps, Naval Special Warfare, U.S. Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, U.S. Army Watercraft Program and Special Operations Command, U.S. Coast Guard, law enforcement agencies, first responders and the Department of Energy.

How we train: Sample curriculum

SAFE regularly conducts training both at our facility outside Seattle and in locations around the world. (International training can include counter-piracy, high value asset and personnel protection.) Single and multi-day courses are available. For customers who choose to complete training at our facility, SAFE’s close proximity to the Puget Sound provides many opportunities for underway exercises and practical application of maritime skills.

Along with training, full documentation packages are available for our customers. SAFE can provide technical manuals, operations manuals, maintenance procedures, and boat information booklets.

Some examples of training courses include:

Vessel Familiarization and Navigation Fundamentals
This introduction to boat operations course will provide the customer with a basic understanding of their vessel, its systems, and the relevant operational characteristics. With this class students will advance their knowledge as it relates to the safe navigation of their boat in an operational environment. Students will train in customers’ own vessels on Puget Sound.

Finish Installation
Learn how to install, repair, and adjust windows, doors, hatches, and finish coatings. This course will focus on maintaining craft sub-systems in order to address crew comfort and aesthetics. This class does not cover collar finishing.

Rigging Troubleshooting
This course provides familiarization on electrical rigging, wire runs, installed electrical equipment, and wire termination procedures. This course will give students hands-on experience with wiring vessels during different stages of production. By knowing how the vessel was built, students will understand how to service any wiring issues that may arise in the most efficient way.

Collar Installation and Repair
As the keystone feature on all SAFE boats, the collar system is an integral component for reliable and safe operation of the vessel. This course will instruct students on the proper method for collar inspection, maintenance, repair, removal and installation.

Electrical Theory and Troubleshooting
Basic electrical theory as it pertains to marine electrical systems will be covered in this course. Batteries, grounding, signals, amperage load requirements and basic circuitry are addressed as applicable to the customer’s particular needs.

Navigation System/Electronics Operation
Learn how to operate the electronics package installed on the vessel. This course focuses primarily on radar/chart plotting units, but also discusses VHF/UHF communication, GPS theory, course plotting, and depth sounder operation.