Keys Boat Tours

Hands-On Boat Lesson

  • boating safety in the keys with captain b
  • boating safety captain Brian Branigan
  • boating safety in the keys
  • boating safety father and son on the water keys getaway

This 3 hour 100% hands-on boating lesson is a follow-up to the excellent USCG Aux classroom lesson (should you take it). You drive, dock, anchor, learn basic navigation, chart basics, and gps. Great for visitors and locals alike. We can even use your boat if you desire tracks on your gps. Pair it with a stay at Parmer's Resort, our base of operation.

100% Hands-On Lesson

You are thinking about buying a motor boat, or you bought one, but you don’t have the experience to comfortably head out on the water by yourself. Or, you might want to rent a boat without having to hire a captain.

With Keys Boat Tours, based out of Big Pine Key, you learn how to: a) dock a boat in different situations, b) drop and retrieve an anchor, c) understand weather, wind, and tides, and  d) drive a boat with confidence.  You also have the option to learn how to properly trailer a boat (1 hour). You put the boat in and take it out. We start by taking a look at a chart (and a gps). We review some physical aspects to the boating safety course and some other practical advice. We review local navigation, so that you truly understand markers and don’t run aground. This is a “must take” course for: a) anyone who is not 100% confident in operating a boat, b) anyone who is buying/purchased a boat, and c) anyone who wants to boat safely and properly. Hands-on training is required for all. Classroom lessons are great, but this is the test.

This first of its kind, official hands-on boating course is; 3 hours, up to 2 individuals for $325. It includes a booklet with valuable fishing 101 tips. The lesson takes place on Big Pine Key. But, we also offer to come to you and use your boat for an additional $50. We introduce you to your boat (and boating playground), and can even put tracks on “your” GPS. This 3 hour “private” lesson will get you started like nothing else.

We also offer: sailing 101, fishing 101, and local / backcountry navigation 101 lessons. Just getting on the water for 3 hours for $325 is a great deal. But, you will gain lots of confidence from what you learn too – guaranteed. For added incentive, if it is a room you need, this lesson comes with a private travel trailer, bedroom, and bath (at no additional cost). It is a special promotion we are running to generate more positive TripAdvisor reviews. Makes a great gift!

Rates

Price
Base Rate $325 Price for 1-2 people for 3 hours
Extra Time +$75 Per hour

 

Itinerary

Basics and Tips
In this 3 hour course we trailer the boat in and out. You learn the basics about GPS; reading a chart and setting routes. We review some workbook materials but 100% of the time, or 3 hours is hands-on. You drive, navigate, anchor, and dock. The boat you train on is a 2004 18' Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser Flats Boat with a Yamaha 115 four stroke outboard, complete with a Garmin touch screen GPS. Satisfaction s guaranteed. We have not had a dissatisfied customer yet.

Included

  • KBT Boating Guide & Fishing Tips booklet
  • GPS overview
  • Charts overview
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Ice Chest

Not Included

  • Snacks

Things you might want to bring along

Sunglasses, towel, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, neck bib, long sleeve shirt, wind breaker, bandana, snacks.

Notes

  • A signed release waiver, and cash or credit card payment, is required prior to boarding.
  • If prone to seasickness, we recommend that you take Dramamine (or other) the night before.
  • We want you to drink plenty of water, have something to eat, and use sunscreen liberally.

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Testimonials

  • Captain Brian took me for the most spectacular backcountry tour, and he didn’t even know it!

    FRED (the frog) FROM BIG PINE KEY
  • The water was crystal clear, the sea life magnificent, the pelicans close, the Captain gracious, and the sunset backdrop breathtaking!  I cannot recommend this experience any higher!  Bon voyage!

    LISA FROM IOWA
  • I recommend the motor boat / paddleboard combo tour thoroughly. It was our first time on paddle boards and Captain Brian made it so easy.

    sup paddleboard rental keys getaway SARAH FROM TEXAS
  • Thanks so much for customizing our boat trip to serve both our needs!

    kayak florida keys JANINA & CHRIS
  • The protected cove, the rays, the sunset – a perfect outing with Capt Brian. Highly recommended.

    DOUG & FRIENDS
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