While it might
be a little cold outside, now is the perfect time to enroll in a boating
education course before you head out onto the water this spring. The Spring
Aboard – Take A Boating Education Course campaign (March 17-23) encourages
boaters to get educated prior to the kick-off of the boating season to make the
most of your time on the water.
accident investigations show that more often than not, people who get in a
boating accident have not taken a boating education course,” said Tyler
Turnipseed, Chief Game Warden for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. “It’s
common sense that people who know how to boat do it much safer.”
Guard statistics indicate that of the accidents where the level of operator
education was known, 81% of boating deaths occurred on boats where the boat
operator had never received boating education instruction.
boating education course is the first thing everyone should do before they go
boating,” says Mark Brown, President of the National Association of State
Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).
“Whether you are a first-time boater or have years of experience, there
is always more to learn when taking to the water.”
cover many aspects of boating safety, from boat handling and seamanship to
reading the weather, from a “Water ‘N Kids” class to navigation skills, and
from paddling to personal watercraft. You will learn critical skills and
knowledge about what to do and how to react in certain situations through these
several online boating courses available, including a new interactive course
aimed at a younger audience. You can find links to these classes on the NDOW
website at www.ndow.org. Several
boating education providers are participating in the Spring Aboard campaign
including Boat-ed.com and BOATERexam.com, who are both offering a 50% discount
when you use the code SpringAboard19. The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation is also
giving a 50% discount on all their online courses.
boaters born on or after January 1, 1983 who operate a motorboat of more than
15 horsepower on interstate waters are required to take a boating education
course. Boating education is nationwide with forty-nine (49) states and U.S.
territories requiring proof of completion of a boating education course for
operators of some powered vessels.
education doesn't stop at motorized boats or sailboats either. NDOW is
encouraging anyone who enjoys paddle sports (canoeing, kayaking, paddle
boarding) to take a free online Paddle Sport Safety Course found in the Boating
Safety section of the NDOW website.
Spring Aboard campaign is led by the National Association of State Boating Law
Administrators and produced under a grant administered by the U.S. Coast Guard,
and it is supported by state, federal and nonprofit partners.
Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, conserves, manages and restores
wildlife and its habitat for the aesthetic, scientific, educational,
recreational, and economic benefits to citizens of Nevada and the United
States, and to promote the safety of persons using vessels on the waters of
Nevada. Find us on Facebook, Twitter or visit us at www.ndow.org.