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Home > Take Me Fishing Blog > August 2018 > Basic Seamanship: How to Boat Better
One of the best ways to empower yourself on the water is to learn basic seamanship skills. If you're not sure how or where to start, check into boating skills and seamanship courses held by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron, and state boating agencies. You should also spend plenty of time behind the helm under the guidance of an experienced boater while keeping course objectives in mind.
There are a number of practical seamanship skills and boating safety tips you can learn that will help you become a better boater. Some examples of boating skills and seamanship objectives are as follows:
Learning basic seamanship skills like these will have you on your way to boating better and boating safer. Check a list of online boat safety courses in your state for upcoming course dates and times.
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Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.
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