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Want to Learn How to Boat? Affordable On-Water Training Courses

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 TowBoatUS Lake Allatoona offer a choice of two fun on-water boat training courses taught aboard single-engine powerboats: Intro to Boating and Women Making Waves, Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, at Holiday Harbor Marina and Resort on Lake Allatoona at 5989 Groovers Landing, Acworth.

Both the Intro to Boating and Women Making Waves courses are three hours long and affordably priced at $129 per person. Intro to Boating covers shifting and steering, basic docking, open-water handling and basic navigation, and is offered Saturday at 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

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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. It’s offered both days at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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.

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Learn boat-handling basics during three-hour on-water training courses at Holiday Harbor Marina & Resort on Lake Allatoona, Georgia, April 13 and 14.

The goal of the BoatUS Foundation 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.

As an added benefit, all course takers receive a one-year boat launch ramp and recreation area pass from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Space is limited. Must be 18 years or older. To sign up for a course or seek out others, go to BoatUS.org/On-Water.

About the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water:

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by donations from the more than half-million members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nonprofit provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America’s waterways and keeping boating safe for all. A range of boating safety courses – including 36 free state courses – can be found at BoatUS.org/Courses.

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