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3 Tips to Pick the Best Online Boating Course
So your winter got busy and you didn't get a chance to study up on your boating skills for spring. Thanks to the digital world, that's no longer a problem. And now that it's 'go time,' an online boating course or boater safety course is the perfect solution to get you ready for the season. Or shall I say, get you 'ship shape...?' Here's how.
- Begin with an honest assessment of your abilities. Take a few minutes and reflect about the times when you ran your boat and didn't feel confident. Did another boater cut you off in the channel, or did you have the right of way? Did you anchor your boat to hit the beach and return to find the bow close to the water due to the rising tide? Think about times you weren't comfortable and look for a course that suits your needs. Here are a few examples of courses that might help: State Safe Boating Course, Using a Marine Radio, Modern Marine Navigation, and Weather for Boaters. There's no harm in looking at a sky and not knowing a cloud formation; there is harm if it is a squall that threatens to swamp your boat.
- Rank the tutorials in order of your own comfort level. Time is short, so pick the tutorials or boater safety course that will have the most positive impact on your boating. Then, take it. As your time frees up, take more.
- Fail to plan, plan to fail. What does your 2016 boating season look like? Got an overnight trip planned? Maybe you want to travel through a series of locks and cruise from harbor to harbor? Specific skills like these can be easily mastered in an afternoon, and they'll raise your boating abilities to a new level.
Online boating courses offer so many options that range from general boating practices to specific plans. Pick one that will elevate your experience to a new level, and gain confidence for yourself and for your crew.
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