Boat safety courses that you can take

Even though we’re after the winter solstice, it doesn’t feel like it. The sun sets early, the pitch black darkness seems endless and it is bitterly cold outside. Aside from a few ice fishing trips, I have most of my free time this season. I’m always looking for a constructive way to pass the time until spring and get into the water. Boat ed is the way to go.

There are a variety of different online boat safety courses offered by several agencies for beginners, advanced and nautical experts. Many of the boat classes cover basic boat handling and water safety tips, traffic rules, and boat maintenance. Others offer courses geared towards topics relevant to a specific purpose, such as: B. Traveling through locks or preparing for hurricanes. I always like the weather for boaters because they always have new information that goes beyond what I’ve learned from experience or the Farmer’s Almanac. When it comes to boating lessons near me, I can just walk into my living room.

Since each state has specific laws, you can find this information too. Rules and regulations are always changing, and a quick review brings everyone up to date and up to date. One fact I learned about my own state laws is that it is illegal to operate a boat in an overloaded condition . That means I have to go on a diet because I am not bringing less fishing equipment.

Taking an online boat safety course isn’t just a great way to learn new skills. They are a great way to brush up on and remember existing skills. In many parts of the country like mine, there is a long time before I drag and splash at the end of the season to start the next. I have a tendency to forget things I don’t do regularly, so boat courses serve as a simple reminder.

Aside from maintaining equipment and tying flies, I always improve my boating skills. Since it’s dark and cold outside, a boat course is a great way to constructively pass the time. When the time comes in spring, I won’t hesitate.

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Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a contributing writer for Covey Rise magazine, a contributing editor for Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, A Guide to Fly Fishing on the New England Coast, was published in January 2011. Visit him at or

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