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December 09, 2021

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The Easy Way to Try Recreational Powerboating: Affordable 3-Hour Courses Begin January 22

Taught aboard twin-engine powerboat with professional U.S. Coast Guard-licensed instructors just $175

The need for on-water powerboat handling instruction has increased as more boaters have hit the water.
The need for on-water powerboat handling instruction has increased as more boaters have hit the water.
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SAN DIEGO, Dec. 9, 2021 – Boating in San Diego is rated among the best in the nation, but if you have no boating experience how do you begin? A new partnership between San Diego based Boater U and the national nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water makes it easy with a series of affordable three-hour courses for beginners as well as experienced boat operators.

Beginning January 22 and taught comfortably aboard Boater U’s 20-foot twin engine RIB training vessel, each three-hour course is priced at $175 and will be offered on Shelter Island at 2367 Shelter Island Drive. Courses offered include Introduction to Powerboating, Precision Docking & Boat Handling, Open-Water Boat Handling, and Open-Water Advanced Maneuvering. Signup can be found at

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. The minimum age to participate is 16 years old, and training follows all COVID safety protocols. Early registration is encouraged, and there is a three-person minimum for courses.

Boater U is a part of the maritime training company Training Resources Maritime Institute (TRLMI), the largest maritime training center on the West Coast.

“We are excited to partner with BoatUS Foundation to offer boaters great training options for increasing their skills and becoming safer on the water,” said Dave Abrams, CEO of Boater U. “BoatUS Foundation is a recognized leader in the development and promotion of boating safety programs, and we are thrilled that they have chosen us to be their training partner.”

Alan Dennison, program supervisor for BoatUS Foundation added, “The Boater U program has had great success so it seemed natural to partner with them to offer our training options on the West Coast. We expect to grow this program significantly in the years ahead.”

All of the Foundation’s on-water courses can be found at


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About TRLMI and Boater U:

Training Resources Limited, Inc., DBA Maritime Institute (TRLMI) in the largest privately held provider of maritime training in the Western United States. The company’s main campus in San Diego is an 18,000-square-foot facility with 14 classrooms, bridge and engine room simulators, and many “hands on” training aids. TRLMI offers over 80 approved U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy courses. The company started their Boater U Program in 2019 to expand the use of their facilities and instructional staff to support recreational mariners. For more information, please visit

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