Personalized Instruction Services
There are plenty of schools you can travel to and receive basic
are on board a boat along with 10 or 12 other students or in a class room
with 15 or 20 other students. But what if your boat (or intended boat) is larger
than about 30 feet? Or if your plans involve something more intensive than the
comfort of someone else's boat or a class room? Traveling is expensive and
time consuming. Try a more personalized approach to seamanship.
On The Water Training's personalized seamanship will travel to
you so you
receive private instruction aboard your boat in your waters. If you just
purchased your first boat or have moved up to a larger size and new
propulsion, like from single engine to twin engine inboard, then call on us to
help you through that difficult time.
We offer a service where we help you find the kind of boat that
will best serve your boating life style and needs if you are not
quite sure just what new boat you ought to purchase.
Typical Client Instruction Categories
On The Water Training's clients fall into several categories:
- New Boat Owner. Planning a lifestyle change? Want to buy a
boat and retire
but don't have the experience? Capt. Phil Cusumano will work with you and
your insurance company (if necessary) to enable you and your mate to
comfortably accomplish your goals.
- Coastal/Offshore Cruising. Learn what you need to know about
planning, navigation, crossing bars, entering foreign harbors, communications,
and diesel maintenance. You and your crew will build confidence quickly.
- Docking. Let's face it - docking is the most stressful
part of operating a boat
for most people. Spend a couple days with Capt. Cusumano and you will learn
tips and tricks that few recreational boaters know - even after a lifetime of
- Training for the Spouse. The mate of an avid boater may
want to know what
to do in case the captain becomes suddenly incapacitated. The benefit is that
both participants have more fun as both become partners, not just
Whether you are a novice or advanced boater (even the best athletes
have a coach), have the On The Water Training team help you close
Your Personalized Training
Your personalized training may include the following instruction:
- Approaching a dock in heavy side wind
- Proper anchoring techniques
- Crew training
- Use of spring lines to move heavy boats
- Single handed docking
- What to do when you are pressed against a dock by wind/current
- Electronics: depth finder, radar, chart plotters, electronic charts
Private Docking Instruction
Twin and singles docking. Learn tips and tricks for successfully handling
single and twin screws in a variety of docking situations. Also learn the proper
use of springlines and thrusters.
On-the-water docking. Techniques for "Docking" are demonstrated hands on
which include springlines, backing into a berth, back and forth, and
wind/current management strategies. All techniques are done on your own
boat so that you will have a practical understanding of your boat at your
marina or boat ramp.
Call us today to discuss our programs and how affordable safety can be!
Contact On The Water Training: 978-281-3023 or (cell) 508-284-7445
On The Water Training is located in Gloucester, MA, just northeast of Boston, MA and serves New England and the east coast.
Captain Phil Cusumano is available to travel anywhere on all yacht deliveries.
Captain Phil Cusumano is a U.S.C.G. Licensed 100 ton Master with over 50 years experience. Captain Phil is patient and understands that there is a big difference between knowing how to run a boat and teaching someone else to do so. Whether it's docking, maneuvering, or running your boat or basic safety and seamanship, Captain Phil has done it all from Maine to Key West, to the tropical water of the Florida Gulf coast on boats from 15 ft. to 150 ft. For details of Captain Phil's background and training, visit RESUME.