There are few things better than spending a warm summer day aboard your boat, taking in the beautiful weather with the company of those you cherish most. Whether that’s a day of watersports, fishing or just relaxing on your local waters, boating can be a great way to bring the whole family together.
Want to encourage the love of boating with your kids and grandkids? A boating safety course is the perfect place to start! In addition to being highly-educational, it’s a great multi-generational bonding experience that the whole family can enjoy together.
Captain Ryan Bayley – owner of Sea Tow Great South Bay along New York’s Long Island – says boating safety courses – like those put on by the United States Power Squadrons – are not only educational, but can even lead to more fun while out on the water.
“Boating safety courses can actually make people enjoy boating more because they’re not stressed out and unsure of themselves,” he said. “When you know what you’re doing and are confident in your skills, you tend to have a lot more fun.”
In Capt. Bayley’s home state of New York, taking a boating safety class is not mandatory like it is in many states, but he has been a big proponent of all boaters taking the time to enroll in a class. His franchise even offers a free 60-day Sea Tow trial membership to anyone who completes one of the local U.S. Power Squadrons courses.
While many think of safety classes as bland and boring, Capt. Bayley says that when completed with the whole family, they can be a fun, rewarding experience for everyone involved.
“It’s really important to take the course with the whole family so that everyone knows what they’re doing out there,” he added. “Just knowing the rules of the road can help you in so many different situations.”
Want to sign your family up for a boating safety course? Use this list from the U.S. Power Squadrons to find one near you!Have you ever taken a boating safety course? If so, please tell us in which state and what you thought. Leave your comments below.