Motorboat Operator Training Course (MOTC)

The Scientific Boating Safety Association’s (SBSA) Motorboat Operator Training Course (MOTC) is entry-level training recommended for persons who will be acting as small vessel operator or crew for SBSA member institutions or other organizations. CSU/OSI (an SBSA Organizational Member) has adopted this course as the foundation for our small boat training program. The MOTC provides fundamental training in boating knowledge and skills, however it is not a “certification course”. The home institution may require additional training in local knowledge, vessel characteristics, regional and local regulations, and agency policies, as necessary.

Course Dates and Fees



MOTC Session 1:
June 28-July 2, 2021; completed application deadline May 28, 2021 – applications must include a copy of your California Boater Card (see below) incomplete applications will not be accepted.

MOTC Session 2:
August 16-20, 2021 completed application deadline July 16, 2021 – applications must include a copy of your California Boater Card (see below) incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Please Note: Due to COVID restrictions the number of paricipants is extremely limited – applicants will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, in the following order:
CSU Graduate Students/Staff; CSU Undergraduate Students; SCMI Members; Other Qualified Applicants.

Cost: Free for CSU/OSI consortium members

$250 for SCMI consortium members

$500 for All other qualified applicants

*When conducting cooperative training with other SBSA Institutional Members, CSU/OSI will waive course fees for candidates when the home institution provides a qualified instructor and vessel

MOTC Application Forms

Prerequisite For The Course:

  • California Boater Card – Starting January 1, 2018, California law will require boaters to carry the California Boater Card. The curriculum for this NASBLA-approved certification is outside the current scope of the MOTC. There are a number of resources, such as, which offer online courses for a nominal fee that will satisfy this course prerequisite.

Required Items For The Course:

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Pen, Paper, etc. for taking notes
  • Personal Flotation Device – USCG Type III PFD
    • If your home institution can’t supply this item, we may be able to provide one (inventory is limited, so this will be on a first-come, first-served basis).
  • Closed-toe, non-skid shoes appropriate for boat decks

Recommended Items For The Course:

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Small Dry Bag
  • Foul Weather Gear

SBSA Instructors

Darrell Montague (SBSA Lead Instructor), Dive and Boat Safety Officer for the Ocean Studies Institute, has been working in the dive industry for 17 years as a Divemaster and Instructor. Prior to his current position, he was Dive Safety Officer for the California Science Center Foundation, overseeing exhibit, youth education, and open water diving, as well as boat operations. He has also trained divers for the California Institute of Technology, and acted as Dive Safety Officer and expedition medic on remote dive operations for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, National Geographic, and several film and television productions.


FAQ About the MOTC

Questions should be directed to Darrell Montague, OSI Dive and Boat Safety Officer

820 South Seaside Avenue, Terminal Island, CA 90731

Cell: (626) 399-3308; SCMI: (310) 519-3172 x 976