2018 On-Water Boat Handling Courses
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Affordable courses help everyone in the family get boating experience
Whether you love boating and want to gain confidence at the helm, you’re considering buying or renting a boat and want to learn new skills, or you’re just curious about boating, these courses are a fun, easy, and affordable way to develop your sea legs!
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The following three courses offer the opportunity to learn boat-handling techniques including centering the wheel, shifting, steering and throttle control, stopping, station holding, understanding the “weathervane” effect and how to use “the boater’s eye” technique to safely navigate.
Intro to Boating and the ladies only course, Women Making Waves, are taught aboard 20-26 foot powerboats provided by Freedom Boat Club Annapolis. Both courses are both three hours long, offered at $149, include show admission, and are offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
A new program just for teens ages 13-19, Junior Captain, is 90-minutes long and priced at $99 and includes show admission for the enrolled teen and parent. The Junior Captain program is offered under a partnership of National Safe Boating Council and Annapolis School of Seamanship and taught aboard 14-foot rigid-hull inflatable boats. The course runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3 p.m., and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by donations from the more than half-million members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nonprofit provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America’s waterways and keeping boating safe for all. A range of boating safety courses – including 36 free state courses – can be found at BoatUS.org/Courses.
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