Inboard racing members who intend to drive racing boats and inboard
riding mechanics must submit a statement of good health, certified
by either a licensed FAA or D.O.T. physician. The original or a
photocopy of this current FAA Class I, II or III, or D.O.T. medical
certificate, with no waivers except for corrective lenses, must be
sent to APBA headquarters with membership application. If corrective
lenses are listed on the medical certificate, they must be used in
New drivers shall be designated “Unqualified Rookie” until all
provisions of these rules have been met. After completion of these
qualification requirements, a new driver shall be designated
“Qualified Rookie” for the remainder of his first season.
New drivers must be given a written open book examination, followed
by an oral review of said examination by the referee or an Inboard
Commissioner. He shall show knowledge of course safety and racing
rules before being approved to enter the race course.
New drivers shall tape or paint a one inch (1”) wide white cross on
their helmet for a period of one calendar year. The cross shall
extend from the front, up over the top of the helmet to the back rim
of the helmet, and from left ear, up over the top of the helmet to
the right ear. Rookie drivers in reinforced cockpits, whose helmets
are not readily visible, must put the rookie “X” on the cockpit or
canopy as near the driver’s head as possible, without obstructing
his vision. The “X” may be taped or painted on and must be at least
12” long and 1” wide on both sides of the hull in a color strongly
contrasting the color behind it.
A new driver shall run four heats, starting at the rear of the pack
and advancing only to a position predetermined by the referee. After
successfully completing the first 4-heat requirement, a new driver
shall run four (4) additional heats advancing only to a position
predetermined by the referee. The new driver may only start in the
farthest outside position during these heats. To become fully
qualified to race, the new driver must get signatures from four (4)
qualified drivers in his/her class and at least one referee he/she
has raced under.
All drivers and riders of Inboard boats with restraint capsules are
required to successfully complete an APBA Approved Inboard Capsule
Training Program. Training programs will be approved by the Inboard
Racing Commission and conducted by an approved APBA Inboard Rescue
Team. The driver will:
Demonstrate that he can adequately extricate himself from a
safety team test cell, both on land and under water.
Demonstrate that he can extricate himself from the cockpit of
the boat he intends to drive prior to any event.
Complete any further test, including a driving test, under the
supervision of the Inboard Racing Commission or their designee,
to demonstrate that he can participate in an event without
representing an unjustifiable risk or endangerment to himself or