Sea Tow has produced a series of helpful safety tips to kick off National Safe Boating week, which runs May 21 through May 27, and we’ll be posting them here on BoatingLocal.
Tip Number One is to enroll in a boating-safety course. While some states such as New Hampshire and Connecticut require new boaters to take a safe-boating course and pass an exam, even experienced mariners can benefit from these courses, as they’re a good way to keep up on current boating regulations and the rules of navigation. And as an added incentive, mariners who complete a safe-boating course may be eligible for a discount on their boat insurance.
Traditional classroom courses are available through a variety of sources, including state boating agencies, U.S. Power Squadrons, local marine dealers and other organizations. Time-strapped boaters can also take an online course at BoaterExam.com.
Don’t think taking a boating-safety course makes a difference? In 2009, the last year for which statistics are available, the Coast Guard reported that 3 out of every 4 boating-related deaths involved boaters who had not taken a boating-safety course.
A list of all of the approved boating-safety courses offered nationwide can be found at NASBLA.
For more information and safe-boating tips:
Sea Tow Foundation: Safety on the Sea
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