Are you ready to buy your first boat and live the nautical lifestyle? If so, consider some practical, safe boating for beginners. As you learn the rules of the road or the basics of safe boating, it is important to spend time on the water and focus on education through experience.
Wondering where and how to get hands-on instruction and experience as a beginner? There are many resources available to you. Learn more about a boater safety course by checking out the following options:
1. US powerboating
US Powerboating offers hands-on courses on the water for anyone who wants to learn how to operate a small powerboat safely and improve their boat handling skills.
2. Boot US partner
BoatUS works with marinas, boat shows, and other organizations across the country to provide training and boating for beginners at a marina near you.
3. Boat dealers
Many boat dealers offer beginner’s safe boating courses for first-time boaters, boaters who have not been on the water in a while, or those wanting to brush up on new rules and safety tips for the boat. Also, if you are a new boat owner, make sure that you have met all of the requirements for vessel registration and title.
4. America’s Boating Club
America’s Boating Club (also known as the United States Power Squadrons) offers training that is primarily focused on boat handling skills.
5. US Coast Guard Captain
Hire a U.S. Coast Guard captain near you who offers practical boat trips for beginners. If you don’t know any licensed captains, ask a friend or local marina for a referral.
Taking the time to get more hands-on boating experience and training will help you become a safer, more confident boater.