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Affordable 3-hour on-water training courses at Lake Norman, N.C.

by Scott Croft 15 Jul 2019 15:28 PDT 10-11 August 2019
Learn boat-handling basics during three-hour on-water training courses at Freedom Boat Club Lake Norman, August 10 and 11. © Scott Croft

Coming to Lake Norman are two fun and affordable on-water boat training courses taught aboard single-engine powerboats: Intro to Boating and Women Making Waves.

Offered in partnership by the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water and Freedom Boat Club Lake Norman, the courses will be held Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11 at the club's location at 17505 West Catawba Avenue, Cornelius. They are great for anyone wanting to learn the basics of powerboating or simply looking to brush up on their boat-handling skills.

Both the Intro to Boating and Women Making Waves courses are three hours long and affordably priced at $149. Intro to Boating covers shifting and steering, basic docking, open-water handling and basic navigation, and is offered both days at 9:30 a.m.

The ladies-only course, Women Making Waves, offers the same curriculum and is the perfect opportunity to spend a half-day learning boat-handling techniques in a supportive environment. A few openings remain available on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Class size is limited to four students per vessel, ensuring that each student gets sufficient time at the helm under the watchful eye of a U.S. Coast Guard-certified instructor.

The goal of the BoatUS Foundation and Freedom Boat Club Lake Norman courses is to address the high costs typically associated with at-the-helm training, making hands-on boating education more accessible. The courses also offer area residents the chance to try out recreational boating and give boaters the opportunity to brush up on their boat-handling skills.

Space is limited. Must be 21 years or older. To sign up for a course or seek out others, go to BoatUS.org/On-Water

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