Become a better boater with America’s Boating course

File: Arne Kelsey promotes boating safety.

America’s Boating Club – Marco Island (ABClub-MI) recently announced its boating education program for the 2019-20 season.

“If you want to be a better, safer boat operator, America’s Boating Club has a course for you,” said Tom Morr, Commander of ABClub-MI.

“We teach the knowledge and skills to make operators, regardless of their watercraft type, confident and capable boaters.”

“America’s Boating Course is the basic building block for safe boating,” according to Patricia Cavanagh, the Boating Club’s Education Officer. “It is required (for anyone born after Jan. 1, 1988) to obtain a Boating Safety Education Identification Card to operate a vessel of 10 horsepower or more in Florida and covers the core concepts important to safe boat operation,” said Cavanagh.

America’s Boating Club – Marco Island (ABClub-MI) recently announced its boating education program for the 2019-20 season.

America’s Boating course meets for five 2.25 hour sessions over two and a half weeks. It will begin on Oct. 21, and will be offered again beginning on Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3 and March 9.

Anchoring, boat handling, charting/GPS, engine maintenance, hurricane preparedness for boaters, partner in command, VHF/DSC radio, weather and advanced courses such as Marine navigation and advanced celestial navigation round out the year’s offerings. Vessel simulator training and on the water training are available and may be scheduled.

“All America’s Boating Courses are taught by certified instructors who are members of America’s Boating Club – Marco Island.  Instructors are experienced boaters familiar with the waters around Marco Island,” Cavanagh said.

“Boat Handling covers practical ‘how to’ information that is essential to operating all kinds of watercraft (power boats, sail boats, wave runners, jet skis, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, etc.),” said Cavanagh. “We strongly recommend this course in tandem with America’s Boating Course,” she said.

“Members of America’s Boating Club are passionate about boating and want every boater to have fun on Marco’s waters,” said Morr.  “When you take your family on your boat, nothing is more important than keeping them safe,” Morr said. 

To register for courses or more details, please call Patricia Cavanagh at 239-248-5815 or visit www.marcoboatingclub.org.

A unit of the 105-year-old, 342 chapter United States Power Squadron (USPS), ABClub – MI has scheduled 19 courses for 2019-20 at its Learning Center located at 1114 North Collier Boulevard, Marco Island.

ABClub – MI is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that teaches boating skills, conducts vessel safety checks, identifies defective navigation aids, provides experiental learning and promotes fun and fellowship among boater of all kinds.  USPS is America’s largest national recreational boating organization. For membership information, contact Peggy Reiss at 239-213-8686.