Try your hand at boating by taking on-water boat training at the upcoming Miami International Boat Show, Feb. 13-17. Download hi-res photo
MIAMI, January 14, 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 of Miami Beach and the Miami International Boat Show February 13-17 offer a choice of four, fun and affordable at-the-helm, on-water training courses for beginners, women and experienced boaters at the show’s location at Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin on Virginia Key.
Offered both in the morning and afternoon and taught aboard single-engine powerboats, most courses are affordably priced at $149 or less and include boat 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” and “Women Making Waves” are three hours each and offered every day at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. “Intro to Boating” covers shifting and steering, basic docking, open-water handling and basic navigation, while 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.
For those whose time at the show is more limited, new to the training schedule this year is a special 90-minute “Intro to Boating - Short Course.” Shifting, steering and close quarters boat control are taught in a condensed format, and the course is affordably priced at $65. With show admission included – a value up to $45 – that could bring the real cost of “Intro to Boating Short-Course training to as low as $20. It’s offered on each day of the show at 2 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
For those with more experience or simply looking to pick up new boat handling skills, “Precision Docking and Boat Handling” may be for you. It covers 180-degree turnarounds, docking on both port and starboard sides, departing from a dock, and how to use S.C.A.N. procedures to avoid distracted driving. It’s also offered every day of the show at 2 p.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 show visitors 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 course details and signup can be found at BoatUS.org/Miami. 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.