Learn boat-handling basics during affordable, on-water training courses held at The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show, March 20-22, in Orange Beach. Download hi-res photo
ORANGE BEACH, Ala., Jan. 7, 2020: Want to get a taste of the boating life or improve your on-water boat handling skills? The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Freedom Boat Club Gulf Coast and the The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show, March 20–22, offers two fun and affordable at-the-helm on-water training courses for beginners and women.
Taught aboard single-engine powerboats and offered in morning and afternoon, “Intro to Boating” and “Women Making Waves” are three-hours each, affordably priced at $129 and include show admission. 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.
“Intro to Boating” 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 offered Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21, at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 22, at 10:30 a.m.
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.
Space is limited. Students for must be 21 years or older. All of the course details and signup can be found at BoatUS.org/OrangeBeach. To see all upcoming on-water training courses from the BoatUS Foundation, go to BoatUS.org/On-Water.
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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 BoatUS.org/Courses.
About Freedom Boat Club:
Freedom Boat Club, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) and headquartered in Venice, Florida, is the world’s oldest and largest boat club with over 200 locations in 31 states, Canada, and Europe. The club services more than 20,000 memberships representing over 40,000 members and sports a fleet of more than 2,000 boats. More information about Freedom Boat Club and membership opportunities can be found at FreedomBoatClub.com.