Learn boat-handling basics during affordable three-hour on-water training courses on select weekends in April and May at In-Command Seamanship Training, Wickford. Download hi-res photo
WICKFORD, R.I., January 8, 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 In-Command Seamanship Training in Wickford offer a choice of four fun and affordable at-the-helm on-water training courses for beginner and experienced boaters taught aboard single-engine powerboats: “Intro to Boating,” “Precision Boat Handling,” “Open Water Boat Handling” and “Open Water Advanced Maneuvering.” Courses are available on April 25 and 26 and May 2, 3, 16, 17, 23 and 24.
All of the course details and signup can be found at BoatUS.org/InCommand.
Each course is three hours and taught at In-Command’s location at 1 Phillips Street in Wickford. The minimum age to participate is 16 years old. Courses start at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and 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.
The “Intro to Boating” course covers shifting and steering, basic docking, open-water handling and basic navigation. “Precision Docking & Boat Handling” covers 180-degree turn-arounds, docking on both port and starboard sides, departing from a dock, and how to use S.C.A.N. procedures to avoid distracted boating. “Open Water Boat Handling” includes utilizing boat trim, displacement and planing handling, object avoidance, ferrying, and emergency stopping. The final course, “Open Water Advanced Maneuvering,” addresses crossing waves and wakes, person overboard retrieval, sharp turns on plane and advanced avoidance maneuvers.
The goal of the BoatUS Foundation and In-Command Seamanship Training courses is to address the high costs typically associated with at-the-helm training, making hands-on boating education more accessible. Courses sell out quickly so early registration is encouraged.
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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.