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Teenagers Can Take to the Water with Powerboat Handling Courses Held at Norwalk Boat Show Sept. 20-23

Affordable on-water powerboat training available for teenagers at the Norwalk Boat Show (credit: Annapolis School of Seamanship)
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NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 6, 2018 – It’s not always easy for teens to learn on-water powerboat handling skills from a professional. However, teens age 13-19 wishing to learn the basics of powerboating or wanting to brush up on their skills can sign up for the “Junior Captain” program, a 90-minute, on-water boat training course taught aboard 14-foot rigid-hull inflatable powerboats at the Norwalk Boat Show Sept. 20-23. The course is affordably priced at $99. Show admission for the teen and one parent is included in the price.

Sponsoring the effort are the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with the Norwalk Boat Show, Freedom Boat Club and West Marine. Boats are provided by Annapolis School of Seamanship.

“Many boating parents want to pass down their love for the water and wish their teens had practical behind-the-helm instruction, but it’s hard to find,” said the BoatUS Foundation’s Alan Dennison. “We limit each boat to three teens, ensuring everyone gets sufficient time at the helm under the watchful eye of a U.S. Coast Guard-certified instructor.”

“Junior Captain” is offered under a partnership of the National Safe Boating Council and Annapolis School of Seamanship, and gives teens the opportunity to learn shifting, steering and throttle control, stopping, station holding, understanding the “weathervane” effect and how to use “the boater’s eye” technique to safely navigate.

Space is limited. The program begins Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3 p.m., and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. To sign up for any on-water training course from the BoatUS Foundation, go to


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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