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Want to Learn How To Boat? Affordable 90-Minute and 3-Hour At-the Helm Powerboat Courses On Deck Mar. 29-31 at The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show

Learn boat-handling basics during affordable on-water training courses held at The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show, March 29-31, in Orange Beach.
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ORANGE BEACH, Ala., March 4, 2019 – Want to learn the basics of powerboating or brush up on your skills? A partnership between the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water and Freedom Boat Club and will bring affordable on-water boat training courses taught aboard single-engine powerboats to The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show, March 29-31, at The Wharf Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama.

“Intro to Boating” and “Women Making Waves” are three hours long and offered for $129. “Intro to Boating” covers shifting and steering, basic docking, open-water handling and basic navigation. 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.

A new course, “Intro to Boating – Short,” is 90-minutes long and priced at just $65. This course focuses on key concepts of powerboat operation and basic boat-handling techniques. Students can expect to learn through observation and time at the helm.

All course-takers receive admission to the boat show, and boats are provided by Freedom Boat Club North Gulf Coast. 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 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 area residents the chance to try out recreational boating and give current boaters the opportunity to improve their boat-handling skills.

“Intro to Boating – Short” is offered Friday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m., and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The three-hour “Intro to Boating” course is offered Friday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The three-hour “Women Making Waves” course is offered Friday and Saturday at 10:15 a.m., 2:15 p.m. and Sunday at 10:15 a.m.

Space is limited. Students must be 21 years or older. To sign up for any on-water training course 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.