Welcome!  You have taken the first, and the most essential step in owning a boat by at least exploring the option of taking a boating lesson.


Proud and happy to say that 2019 will be my 23rd season teaching, ON THE WATER RISK MANAGEMENT,  AND SAFE DECISION MAKING for the recreational boating community!


You spend big money on a boat, gas, storage, docking, maintenance, equipment, insurance, repairs, and countless other expenses when it come to owning a boat.  Yet the ONLY category where you can actually use the adjective, "invest", instead of spend, when comes to boating, is participating in some sort of on the water training, and education.  Unfortunately, it is the leading category where owners "skimp"!  Penny wise and pound foolish??  Would you let your kids drive a car without formal on the road training and education??  An "adult," new boat owner, for example, without professional boating lessons, is far more dangerous to themselves, their passengers, and other boaters, than a 16 year old learning to drive a car!  Something to think about as you read on.


Prerequisites for participation:


-You MUST have a boat

-100% trust in your instructor (i.e. asking questions welcome, second guessers need not apply)

-Willingness and ability to be "coached" and or, taught.  Put your type "A" personality (if it applies) aside.  There is only room for 1 Captain on a boat, and that's mine until you graduate.

-Full commitment and desire to learn a professional approach to recreational boating

-And yes, a financial investment is required if you want to learn a safe professional approach to recreational boating


If you meet these above prerequisites, then don't learn the hard way, learn the safe way with the BOATING PROFESSOR!

These private boating lessons are designed to teach the basics of recreational boating using your boat as the classroom.  From DOCKING and BOAT HANDLING, to mastering MARINE WEATHER, private boating lessons can not only be a more effective learning process than taking public courses, it can compliment and refresh what you have learned in the classroom and apply it to your vessel! Overall, they can make your boating experiences safer, professional, and gratifying for everyone involved.

Design a private boating lesson program that fits your needs and schedule.

-If your NEW TO BOATING, these private boating lessons are perfect for getting started and feeling comfortable on your own vessel.

-If you are AN EXPERIENCED BOATER, taking some targeted lessons is a great intervention in overcoming pride, stubbornness, bad habits, and just plain arrogance, which are rampant in the recreational boating world.  Just being honest people.  In that context you are your own worst enemy. Needless to say, these are my most difficult students to both "win over" and teach.  Targeted lessons expand your knowledge and break "bad habits" that you didn't know were bad.  You will notice the results.  In my 28 years of being a professional mariner, I've come to realize that you never stop learning!  That includes yours truly.  



Why me instead of another instructor?


-First, I teach the way the U.S. Coast Guard forced me to learn.  My 100 ton license was earned to carry people on ferries, and certified motor yachts.  No margin for error in my business!  Other than not being required to carry a license, the same applies to all recreational boaters! 


-Second, marine weather in particular, is a very important area that too many boaters neglect.  Big mistake! I am an expert in this field!

-Third, you may be in a transition from a smaller single screw vessel, to a larger vessel with twin screw.  I have 31 years experience on 50' to 120' vessels all having twin to quad screw.  Successful docking in close quarters is a pre-requisite in my profession.   I can help improve your DOCKING and BOAT HANDLING SKILLS by teaching you the techniques that I have learned over the past 38 years of combined experience, both recreationally and professionally.


The bottom line is that my private boating lessons TEACH SAFE DECISION MAKING which can include not leaving the dock at all!   That will save you a tank of  fuel, wear and tear on your equipment and passengers at the very least, and at the most, save lives!!  The former will pay for a lesson, and there is no price for the latter!

If you have already taken various quality boating courses through the U.S. Power Squadrons, or Coast Guard Auxiliary, all the better.   My program will take what you have learned in the classroom and apply it to YOUR BOAT, and
YOUR BOATING ENVIRONMENT!  YOU NEED BOTH!  Just like that 16 year old learning to drive for the first time.

Planning a long trip?   I teach how to plan a voyage.  This includes using paper charts, tide, current, and astronomical books.  Yes, I said paper, and books.  If you are "married" to electronics, and "apps", call the "geek squad"! I teach COMPARISON NAVIGATION.  This combines utilizing all navigation tools and comparing information to come up with a position, projected position, explain what you are experiencing, and what to expect in terms of tides, currents, and marine weather.  Its called being a CAPTAIN!


Need your vessel moved from one local to another and are uncomfortable going it alone? I can assist, teach, and share all the captain's duties with you all in one trip. 


Want to leave the "driving"  to someone qualified with confidence while you entertain and play host to your guests?  Look no further!


The bottom line is that you can design and create the situation that will best serve YOUR  learning and boating requirements, not to mention YOUR SCHEDULE!

So be a better Captain and DON'T LEARN THE HARD WAY! LEARN THE SAFE WAY! with THE BOATING PROFESSOR!  It could save you and your passengers in more ways than one!



-U.S. Coast Guard License, Master 100 Ton, 30 years.
-2 years Captain, Logan Airport Water Shuttle.

-6 years Captain, Hingham to Boston high speed commuter boat service, and whale watch.

-Captain, "Lady Christine" 120' luxury motor yacht.

-Captain "Lady Charley",75' Broward motor yacht.

-Captain "Mon Amour"70'Broward motor yacht.
-45 years recreational boating experience on Boston Harbor and Harbor  Islands, Buzzards Bay, the Cape Cod Canal, Woods Hole, Nantucket and Vineyard Sound, and the Elizabeth Islands.
-5 years as an instructor for the U.S. Power Squadrons in Marine Weather, and Piloting.  

Capt. Dan at 617-653-0693, or e-mail at

Happy and safe boating!



Capt. Daniel J. DiPaolo on the M/V "Lady Christine"
The following is a list of just some of the subjects covered:


You can be comfortably ready to operate in one day depending upon your basic experience!  Available by appointment 7 days a week!






Don't learn the hard way, learn the safe way!  
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