The need for on-water powerboat handling instruction has increased as more Chesapeake Bay boaters have hit the water. (credit: Chesapeake Boating Academy) Download hi-res photo
Any of the on-water boat training courses can be set up for women only – a great way for the ladies to spend time learning together. (credit: Chesapeake Boating Academy) Download hi-res photo
KENT ISLAND, Md., May 19, 2022 – The Chesapeake Bay may be a boating mecca, but getting into recreational boating isn’t as easy as you would think. However, a new partnership between Chesapeake Boating Academy (CBA) and the national nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water makes it easy and affordable with a series of three-hour courses for beginner, women and experienced boat operators that start Tuesday, May 24, and run both weeknights and weekends through November. Courses are three hours long and priced at $199.
All instruction is offered aboard single engine, 21-foot powerboats that depart out of Wells Cove Marina in the Kent Narrows. 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-licensed captain certified to teach the National Safe Boating Council modular curriculum.
Courses include Introduction to Powerboating, Precision Docking & Boat Handling, Open-Water Boat Handling and Open-Water Advanced Maneuvering. Women Making Waves, and all-women course, can be applied to any of the four modules of instruction. The minimum age to participate is 16 years old. Early registration is encouraged and there is a 3-person minimum for courses.
Woman-owned and operated, Chesapeake Boating Academy was established to empower boaters and promote safer, confident boating skills. “We create an inclusive learning environment where, regardless of experience, everyone can feel comfortable getting behind the wheel and improving their boat handling skills,” said CBA owner, Capt. Sarah Lawrence. “Real-life practice and having fun is the best way to retain on-water knowledge and gain new skill sets,” she added.
The CBA partnership is one of 14 locations across the U.S. with BoatUS Foundation on-water training programs. Sign-up can be found at 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 800,000 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 safe and clean boating courses – including the nation's largest free online boating safety course – can be found at BoatUS.org/Courses.