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On-Water Powerboat Handling Courses On Deck Feb.14-18 at Miami International Boat Show

Affordable 'Intro to Boating' and 'Women Making Waves' offered

Affordable on-water powerboat training at the Miami International Boat Show includes "Intro to Boating" and "Women Making Waves."
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MIAMI, Jan. 24, 2019 – Want to learn the basics of powerboating or brush up on your skills? A partnership between the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), and Freedom Boat Club will bring affordable on-water boat training courses taught aboard single-engine powerboats to the Miami International Boat Show held at Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin on Virginia Key Feb. 14-18.

“Intro to Boating” and “Women Making Waves” are three hours long and offered for $149, which includes admission to the show. Class size is limited to four students per vessel, ensuring each student gets sufficient time at the helm under the watchful eye of a U.S. Coast Guard-certified instructor.

Boats are provided by Freedom Boat Club Miami. The “Intro to Boating” course covers shifting and steering, basic docking, open-water handling and basic navigation. The ladies-only course, “Women Making Waves,” offers the same curriculum and is the perfect opportunity to spend a half day learning boat-handling techniques in a supportive environment. Both courses are taught aboard single-engine powerboats.

The goal of the courses is to address the high costs typically associated with at-the-helm training, making hands-on boating education more accessible. The courses also offer area residents the chance to try out recreational boating and give current boaters the opportunity to improve their boat-handling skills.

“Intro to Boating” is offered Thursday through Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. while Women Making Waves” is offered at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Space is limited. Students for must be 21 years or older. To sign up for any on-water training course from the BoatUS Foundation, go to


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About the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water:

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