About Us

About ISPA

The ISPA story began in 1994 with the development of educational workbooks for recreational boater training by Mr. Kevin J. Wilson. Subsequently, Mr. Wilson founded the International Sail and Power Association and Academy (ISPA) with the plan to build and maintain a complete library of training manuals to meet the needs of non-commercial boaters. These ISPA course manuals are designed to be used by boating schools to create safe, knowledgeable and competent boaters.

Today ISPA continues to provide boater training course materials and certifications for basic boating and safety through to advanced open ocean skills but we now also provide online learning and multimedia training materials.

ISPA’s training program is presented in a flexible and modular format that emphasizes a hands-on approach and encourages students to learn at their own pace. Each course has an online or shore-based component and an on-the-water practical component. These courses are taught through our affiliated schools and instructors around the world. Upon successful course completion students are issued a certificate which is registered with ISPA.

Your ISPA certification provides internationally recognized credentials and serves as proof of competency on the water. ISPA certificates of competency are recognized by various governmental agencies as a standard for boater competency and training. They fulfill the requirements for bare-boat charter and are ideal for people who want to live the dream of adventure through boat ownership, chartering and or to pursue a career in the Pleasure Craft Industry.