Instructor Profile
Captain David Fetherston brings over 40 years of experience to the program. He grew up on the South Shore of Long Island and spent every summer cruising on the bay, fishing off shore, water skiing and racing sailboats.  After graduating from Hofstra University, Captain Fetherston enrolled in Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island and received his commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy.  He joined the crew of the USS Valdez (FF1096) as the Main Propulsion Assistant with overall responsibility for the main engineering plant, including the boilers, generators and the main engines.  During his tenure as a Division Officer, Captain Fetherston became the Special Sea and Anchor Detail Conning Officer with responsibility for maneuvering the ship during all special evolutions underway.  Since the Valdez was a single screw vessel, Captain Fetherston became a ship handling expert under the most difficult conditions, including replenishments at sea.
He later was promoted to Chief Engineering Officer with overall responsibility for the entire engineering department, holding a Surface Warfare Officer qualification as well as Officer of the Deck Underway and Engineering Officer of the Watch. After leaving active duty and the reserves, Captain Fetherston received an MBA with honors from Babson College in Wellesley. Massachusetts.
In-Command is a self-paced training program that is designed to leverage the knowledge you have gained through a boater's safety program and teach you practical boat handling. Our hands-on skill development will give you the confidence you need to take your friends and family out on the water with confidence. You will be able to work with your instructor on building your skills on boats ranging from 17 to 24 feet which helps you start small and move into larger, heavier vessels.
  • The Basics of Navigation, including chart plotting and GPS
  • Getting Underway from the Dock
  • Running in a Harbor and In Open Water
  • Anchoring
  • Returning to Port (landing and mooring)

In-Command combines on shore instruction with individual or group underway time to give you the experience you need to be confident at the helm.  It’s the training you need for a lifetime of fun on the water.

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