Seaplane Ratings

Adventure Seaplanes offers private and commercial seaplane ratings, which takes approximately 6-8 hours of flight training, and 2 -3 days to complete. We have many lakes and rivers for an excellent training experience. We have a C172, C185 Amphibious and a Dehavilland Beaver for training.

Anyone setting out to obtain a seaplane rating has only to look at a map of Canada and the US Midwest to see the world they are about to open up for themselves. It is a world of lakes, rivers, channels, inlets, bays, arms, and whatever else is used to name a body of water. Beyond the geography, there is the history. Much of the history of aviation in these countries, and the history of a lot of communities, was written with seaplanes. For potential floatplane pilots who take their training seriously and want the real deal when they decide to get their seaplane rating, Adventure Seaplanes can put a package together that is sure to meet your expectations.

Seaplane Training can be one of the most unique, relaxing, fun events in your flying activities. We try to offer the most comprehensive seaplane rating available.

We certainly offer the most diversified float training in the industry. Earning your seaplane rating with us is not only the most fun you can have in an airplane, but it will teach you other valuable skills to make you a better, safer, more knowledgeable pilot in anything else you might fly.

It can normally be completed in 6-8 hours of training. It will also comply with the requirements for the Flight Review. There is no minimum number of hours required, or a formal FAA written exam. There is an Oral/Practical Flight Exam with a Designated Pilot Examiner.

Training is available at our home base location at Tower Municipal Airport and Seaplane Base 12D on beautiful Lake Vermilion In Northeast Minnesota.

We also offer Private Pilot Training, Commercial, Single & Multi Engine, IFR training, Flight Reviews, Tailwheel & Skis. We also offer Advanced Training courses to give the you a more complete skill set for the varied conditions a floatplane pilot encounters. This training is often helpful for the requirements of insurance companies and bush flying job requirements. 25 & 50 hour time builder custom programs are available.

Our Seaplane Rating consists of these areas of study:

  • Seaplane preflight and fueling
  • Normal, short field, glassy water, rough water, crosswind, confined area take-off and landings
  • Emergency power off landings
  • Step taxi turns, plow turns, idle taxi, sailing, docking, ramping, beaching and mooring
  • Surveying landing sites
  • Securing the aircraft
  • Effects of wind on the plane
  • In the air - emphasis is put on slow flight, steep turns and stalls.

Check out this video of seaplane student getting check ride in the SuperCub:


Seaplane Rating Prices & Rates-Dual Instruction

Approximate prices based on 6 hours of instruction, if additional hours are wanted or needed it will be at our hourly rate. Designated Pilot Examiner Fee is extra and varies by DPE.


Cessna 172


$360/Hr Dual - Credit
$350/Hr Dual - Cash


1971L - 160 HP

SES Rating (Basic)

6 hrs @ $2160 - Credit
6 hrs @ $2100 - Cash
MN – May to Oct
FL – Nov to April

Includes 1 hour ground instruction. DPE Fee extra.


Cessna 185


$590/Hr Dual - Credit
$570/Hr Dual - Cash


300 HP
Aerocet 3400 A

SES Rating (Advanced Amphibious)

8 hrs @ $4720 - Credit
8 hrs @ $4560 - Cash
MN - May to October
FL - Dec. to April

Includes 2 hours ground instruction. DPE Fee extra.


Dehavilland: DHC-2 Beaver


$850/Hr Dual - Credit
$825/Hr Dual - Cash

(Advanced Bush Pilot)

8 hrs @ $6000 - Credit
8 hrs @ $5800 - Cash
MN - May to Oct

Includes 2 hours ground instruction. DPE Fee extra.



Every spring and fall we move to and from Minnesota and Florida. This is a fun trip to get your ASES rating, time building, and cross country time. Seats fill quickly. Book early!