On-The-Water Boating Instruction & Training

Taking you to a new level in vessel navigation

Sail * Power * Outboard * Inboard

Single Screw * Twin Screw

Boating Courses * Boating Lessons * Boat Safety


Nothing is more exciting than a new boat or vessel. Nothing is more intimidating than a new boat. On Board Academy can make that transition easy, painless, safe, and fun. Experienced and professional, Captain Joe will take you and your crew to the level that gives you confidence in your ability - and your boat’s ability - to take you to where you want to go in boating.

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ON-THE-WATER TRAINING: This is the course that starts it all. Rules of the Road, preparing to get underway, leaving the dock, wind-waves-current, emergencies on board, anchoring, docking, and securing your vessel. Develop the knowledge and confidence to make your voyage enjoyable and safe. Four hours. You must have insurance on your boat. Instructions and materials $450.00


CREW TRAINING: This class brings your crew together to work with you as a well trained unit. Includes basic knots, commands, emergency preparations. Maximum of four crew. Two hours. You must have insurance on your boat. Instruction and materials $250.00


CRUISE PLANNING: The fun of boating comes alive when you cast off on an adventure. If your first trip is across the Bay, a specific destination, overnight, or for a month, you need some preparations for getting underway. Captain Joe can assist you on securing charts, materials, special licenses (if needed), and check lists. Captain Joe will discuss everything from tanning oil to motor oil. Minimum two hours. $40.00/hour.


In Wisconsin and Michigan, use Captain Joe's On Board Academy for your On-the-Water Boat Training (boat safety, boating instruction, proper boating lessons and courses), Captain's Licensing, and other Captain's Services (includng Vessel Transport & Delivery; Private Yacht Captain; Captain's Companion; On the Sea/Beach Marriage Ceremonies).


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On Board Academy
Captain Joe McGinnis
1276 Bayport Terrace
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54313