With the start of the 2017 boating season around the corner in much of the U.S, the Sea Tow Foundation is urging new and prospective boaters to invest the time and effort in taking an approved, comprehensive boater education course. Even experienced boaters who have never taken a course should consider doing so.
Not only can it help reduce the risks of boating accidents and deaths, but in some cases, completing a certified boater education program actually can save you money by reducing boating insurance premiums. In fact, Sea Insure® offers boaters a 5-10 percent discount on a Hull + Liability Policy if they have taken a boating course – depending on the type of certification.
The Sea Tow Foundation’s boater education page lists a variety of resources where you can find not only convenient powerboating and sailing courses, but also classes for paddle sports participants.
Another good resource is BOATERexam.com, which offers safe boater education and certification courses in the United States and Canada. Its online boating safety course and exam allow boaters to meet requirements in regions where boating education is mandatory and to obtain an official boater education card or boating license.
In addition, many marine dealers offer boating courses or training to their new boating customers. And, of course, the U.S. Power Squadrons offer comprehensive boater education courses at locations nationwide and online.