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On-water boat training courses slated for Charleston beginning August 21, 22

by Scott Croft 5 Aug 11:13 PDT August 21-22, 2021
The need for on-water powerboat handling instruction has increased as more boaters have hit the water. © Scott Croft

With more people hitting the water due to the pandemic comes a need to ensure those behind the helm of a powerboat have the right training. The 501(c)(3) BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, a national leader in boating safety education, is helping fill this critical need in the Charleston area by partnering with a local non-profit dedicated to on-the-water boater education, SaferBoater, to offer range of affordable beginner to advanced half-day courses starting August 21-22.

Course offerings include "Intro to Boating," "Precision Docking and Boat Handling," "Open Water Boat Handling" and "Open Water Advanced Maneuvering." Each is three hours long and taught aboard single-engine center-console powerboats. Minimum class size is two persons and maximum of four students per vessel, ensuring each student gets sufficient time behind the helm under the watchful eye of a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain certified to teach the National Safe Boating Council modular curriculum.

The cost is $175 per person. The minimum age to participate is 12 years old, and training follows Covid safety protocols. To register, go to BoatUS.org/On-Water.

Said BoatUS Foundation Education Coordinator Alan Dennison, "SaferBoater's professional instructors, armed with a standard-setting curriculum, give first-time boat owners a new found confidence on the water and help more experienced boaters build on their skills." The Foundation currently offers on-water training at nine East Coast locations from Massachusetts to Georgia with plans to expand to Great Lakes and western states.

SaferBoater's Capt. Jennifer McQuicken said, "As passionate boaters ourselves, we are thrilled to be partnering with the BoatUS Foundation to bring these valuable courses to our fellow boaters in Lowcountry."

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