Get private on-the-water boating instruction on YOUR power boat. 
Capt. Linda Lewis customizes the training to focus on your needs and those of your boating partner, working on your own power boat. 

Your goals might include building skills in:

  • Docking
  • TODAY's Electronic Navigation
  • Anchoring
  • Boating Apps and Websites
  • Radar
  • Tides and Currents
  • Autopilot
  • Crew Overboard Rescue
  • VHF Radio
  • Inside Passage Voyage Planning

With her professional educator background and years of hands-on experience cruising the Inside Passage, Capt. Linda Lewis can help you:

  • Build your skills a step at a time, starting with close-quarters handling and docking
  • Brush up on the newer things in boating, like today's electronic navigation
  • Make the switch to handling a boat with different engine controls (such as Twin engines)
  • Work out docking, anchoring, radar watch procedures that work on your boat
  • Get tips for cruising The Inside Passage to British Columbia or Southeast Alaska
  • Both captain and crew need to build their knowledge and skills as a safety priority and as an investment in satisfying boating
  • Call or email to discuss your current skill level and to identify the things that you want to learn


Available as a speaker at yacht clubs/boating organizations. To see my speaking schedule visit my Speaking Page. Topics can include: 

  • "Best Navigation Programs for Tablets and Smartphones"
  • "Smart Tools for Boaters - Apps and Websites"
  • "How to Do Paper Chart Lines of Position"
  • "Currents: How to Master Them at the Dock, Underway, and at Tidal Narrows"
  • "Couples Sharing the Boat Handling: Tips for Making it Work"
  • "The Captain is Missing - First Mate's Survival Guide"
  • "VHF Radio and AIS Basics"
  • "Radar: How to Use for Navigation & Collision Avoidance"
  • "Voyage Planning for the Inside Passage" 

Captain Linda Lewis

As an Emeritus Associate Professor from the University of Washington, Linda brings her professional educator background and 40 years of hands-on boating experience to her skills-focused teaching. She has taught hundreds of individuals and couples on their power boats over the last 15 years. She also gives presentations on navigation & boat handling topics yearly at the Seattle Boat Show, Trawlerfest, yacht clubs, and other groups throughout the Pacific Northwest. She has cruised the Pacific Northwest's 'Inside Passage' (including nine cruises to Southeast Alaska) for 25 years - on both sail and power boats. Today she single-hands her 45’ trawler and cruises with her friends as crew.

•   U.S. Coast Guard 100-Ton Master's license 

•   40 years boating experience 

•   Member U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary; Coxswain; Instructor 

•  Teaches electronic & traditional navigation course to the public for U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 

•  Editor & contributor to Douglass Exploring SE Alaska cruising guide, 2007 (Find book information here

•  Member Northwest Women in Boating

•  Cruising the Inside Passage since 1991

Private Boating Instruction LLC

Call or email if you would like to schedule power boat instruction or a speaking engagement. Thank you!