Captain JJ, LLC.
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Captain John “JJ” Johnston is a USCG Licensed Captain, Certified US POWERBOATING Instructor, NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL Marina Pro Certified Instructor and New York State Boating Safety instructor teaching on the water powerboat courses in the greater Rochester / Finger Lakes region of upstate NY for boaters who want to improve their skills to be safe and have fun on the water.

Captain JJ, LLC provides nationally accredited powerboat operational and safety certification courses in cooperation with SUNY Maritime College and US POWERBOATING, a subsidiary of US SAILING.

Captain JJ, LLC also provides private charter cruises for up to 6 passengers on the historic Erie Canal.

Captain JJ’s mission is to provide the opportunity for recreational boaters to increase their knowledge and improve their boat handling skills so they can enjoy a safer boating experience.

Would you like to?

  • Get your New York Boating Safety Certification?
  • Learn how to safely operate a powerboat?
  • Prepare yourself for a multi day trip on a mid size cruiser?
  • Learn how to navigate a lock?
  • Improve your close quarter maneuvers and docking skills?
  • Get a thorough orientation to your new boat on and off the water?
  • Just have some private lessons to be a better boater?

Contact Captain JJ if you are interested.  Phone 585-259-9283 or email  or click on the CONTACT tab on

About Captain JJ

  • 100 Ton USCG Master Captain License
  • Certified New York Safe Boating Instructor
  • Certified US POWERBOATING Instructor
  • Licensed NY State Public Vessel Captain
  • Captain for Corn Hill Navigation operating the Sam Patch on the Erie Canal in Pittsford, NY and the Mary Jemison on the Genesee River from Corn Hill Landing in Rochester, NY
  • Certified US POWERBOATING Instructor for Best Boat Club, Fort Lauderdale and Miami
  • Technical Sales Associate at West Marine Ft Lauderdale Superstore
  • 30 years of boating experience
  • Multiple navigations of the 524 mile NY State Canal System with over 400 lock-throughs.

Contact Captain JJ for

  • Training Programs and Private Instruction
  • Charter Cruises on the Erie Canal 
  • Boat delivery along the NYS Canal System

New York State Authorized Instructor, Offering NYS Safe Boating Certification Classes

US POWERBOATING Certified Instructor Offering On The Water Instruction

e Powerboat Handling
Accelerated Safe Power Boat Handling

Powerboat Cruising

Twin Engine Operation

Night Operations

 Private or Group Instruction on Center Console Outboard

Cruising Classes and  Private Water Limo Charters on 30' Inboard Trawler

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