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Affordable 3-hour on-water training courses, Oct. 25-27 at Tampa Boat Show

by Scott Croft 5 Oct 07:10 PDT October 25-27, 2019
Learn boat-handling basics during three-hour on-water training courses at Tampa Boat Show, October 25-27. © Scott Croft

Want to learn the basics of powerboating or brush up on your skills? The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Tampa Boat Show and Freedom Boat Club offer a choice of two fun on-water boat training courses taught aboard single-engine powerboats: Intro to Boating and Women Making Waves, from Friday, October 25, through Sunday, October 27, at the show's waterfront location at the Tampa Convention Center at 333 S. Franklin Street, Tampa.

The Intro to Boating and Women Making Waves courses are three hours long and affordably priced at $149 per person - student's admission to the boat show is included. Both are offered Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Intro to Boating covers shifting and steering, basic docking, open-water handling and basic navigation. The ladies-only course, Women Making Waves, offers the same curriculum and is the perfect opportunity to spend half a day learning boat-handling techniques in a supportive environment.

Class size is limited to four students per vessel, ensuring 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, Tampa Boat Show and Freedom Boat Club 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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