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IOA'S Drivers School 
 Huntington, IN
Friday, May 31, 2024
Don't miss your chance!

 Along with many other local boat racing clubs, the IOA has begun hosting the APBA's driving school. Any willing participants can take a course that teaches the ins and outs of boat racing. In addition to the classroom portion, participants will be able to drive one of our outboard hydroplanes.  Even kids as young as 9 years old can participate in our Junior Driver's Program where they will drive a restricted 15 horsepower hydroplane.   If you are under 18 you will need parental consent to participate.

The IOA's Driver School will take place on the Friday of the Huntington, IN race, at the race site.  The course costs $50 and will start at 10 a.m. The classroom course last from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. where afterwards participants will be able to drive the boat from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Participants will need to bring the following


-Closed toed wet shoes   (No sandals or Crocs)

-Swimming Trunks


-A couple bottles of water

-Dry change of clothes for afterwards


If you are interested, submit an entry form on the right and you will receive a confirmation email from one of our associates when you are registered for the course.  We will accept up to 12 entries and it operates on a first come, first serve basis. 


We ask that you give us a 7 day cancellation notice before the event to receive a refund.  The receipt of payment will ensure you a spot on our roster.  Payment can be made by Paypal or credit card by clicking the Buy Now Button under the registration form.


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Does going fast on the water sound appealing to you?  Does looking at the cost of go-cart racing make your bank account cringe?  Or are you just trying to find an affordable hobby that includes the whole family?  Try  giving Outboard Hydroplane Racing a shot.  Believe it or not, the cost to get into boat racing is less than you think.  About $4,000 is about all it takes to get into this sport.  You can easily spend this much on just a go kart chasis!! This cost includes a used boat, used engine, kevlar cutsuit and lifejacket, helmet, single boat trailer, and propeller.  No need to worry about a new set of tires every weekend.  The only expendable resource that you will need on a weekend basis is gasoline and most repairs to the boat can be done by making a trip down to your local hardware store. 

The day is finally here and you've just finished taking the course.  Now you're hooked.  You can't wait to get back behind the wheel and into an actual race but you're worried the search for a boat and engine will keep you beached until next season.  Fear not. Your membership to the drivers school entitles you to a weekend racing membership at the Huntington, IN race.  This means that you will be able to race the very boat that you just finished test driving in an actual race with other drivers.


The checkered flag has dropped and you've passed the finish line after your first race.  You're bummed that this exciting weekend of racing is coming to a close and you've already got the next race penciled in on your calendar.  Now comes the task of finding your own equipment.  The first step involves finding out which category would best suit you.  By visiting our Categories page, you will get an idea of what size engines there are and what speed ranges are presented with each engine.  Talking to other racers is also a good way to get an idea of which category you would best be suited for.  Dont be shy.  Other boat racers love to talk about their boats and are more than happy to help someone who wants to get into the sport.  They may even be able to point you in the direction of another racer who has their boat for sale. 

Other areas to find used equipment are boat racing social media Forums.  The links below will send you to boat racing forums that Indiana Outboard Association members are affiliated with.  Here you can find deals on used boats, seek advice from other racers, and even post your own ad. 



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