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Attention Active Duty Boaters: Free 1-Year BoatUS Membership Will Make Your Boating Life Better

Members of the military who enjoy recreational boating can get a free one-year membership with BoatUS, the nation's largest recreational boating advocacy, services and safety organization.Photo Credit: Discover Boating
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SPRINGFIELD, Va., March 27, 2019 – If you’re a member of the military and enjoy boating, the nation’s largest recreational boating advocacy, services, and safety group has an offer that will make your off-duty boating life better. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) in partnership with GEICO Military is offering active-duty U.S. Armed Forces members a complimentary one-year BoatUS membership ($24 value) as a way to say thanks for serving.

With more than a half-million members nationwide, the association offers a range of valuable and practical benefits that will help any service member get more out of his or her love for boating. They include reimbursement of the first $50 for any on-the-water or on-the-road breakdown towing and assistance service, free online boating safety courses that meet boating safety certificate requirements in 36 states, and a subscription to the No. 1 boating publication, BoatUS Magazine.

The BoatUS Foundation’s online boating safety education programs fit well with busy military schedules, and new on-the-water courses offer an affordable way to get hands-on training with U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captains. BoatUS government advocacy efforts make boaters’ lives better by pushing for pro-boating legislation, and BoatUS Consumer Protection programs help educate boaters to make them smarter consumers of power, sail and fishing boats, boating products and services.

Also included with membership are discounted tickets to boat shows; discounts at marinas, bait shops and fuel docks; shopping rewards at boating retailer West Marine, and the free BoatUS App which can summon on-the-water or on-the-road assistance 24/7 at the touch of a button.

Military members who own a boat also receive a 10 percent discount on BoatUS Unlimited Freshwater, Unlimited Saltwater and Unlimited Gold towing service plans that can be added to their membership.

The BoatUS Membership for U.S. Armed Forces offer is being launched with the placement of point-of-sale materials – a tabletop stand with brochures – at 14 on-base Military Welfare Recreation (MWR)/Outdoor Recreation facilities, including Fort Bragg, Fort Meade, MacDill Air Force Base, Camp Lejeune/MCAS New River, and Naval Air Station Pensacola.

The complimentary and completely free one-year membership is available to any active-duty member of the Air Force and Air Force Reserve; Air National Guard; Army and Army Reserve; Army National Guard; Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve; Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve; and Navy and Navy Reserve.

To receive the BoatUS Membership for U.S. Armed Forces offer, personnel can sign up at


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About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):

Celebrating more than 50 years, BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with more than a half-million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We are The Boat Owners Auto Club and help ensure a roadside trailer breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins. When boats break down on the water, TowBoatUS brings them safely back to the launch ramp or dock, 24/7. The BoatUS Marine Insurance Program offers policies underwritten by GEICO Marine Insurance that give boat owners affordable, specialized coverage and superior service they need. We help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit