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Always Wanted to Try Recreational Powerboating But Didn’t Know Where to Begin?


Have you always wanted to try boating, but never had anyone to show you the ropes? A new partnership between Potomac Boat Rentals and the national nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water makes it easy and affordable with a series of three-hour courses for beginner and experienced boat operators alike starting Wednesday, April 6.

Weekday afternoon and weekend morning courses are three hours long and priced at $175. All are offered aboard Potomac Boat Rentals’ fleet of 25-foot single engine pontoon boats at Hampton’s Landing Marina, located on Neabsco Creek just off the Potomac River. Courses include Introduction to Powerboating, Precision Docking & Boat Handling, Open-Water Boat Handling, and Open-Water Advanced Maneuvering. Signup can be found at BoatUS.org/Woodbridge. Courses run through May 25.

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-licensed captain certified to teach the National Safe Boating Council modular curriculum. The minimum age to participate is 18 years old. Early registration is encouraged, and there is a three-person minimum for courses.

“There is no simpler or more affordable way to get behind the helm of a power-driven vessel than our three-hour courses,” said Alan Dennison, program supervisor for BoatUS Foundation. “We can also help those looking to improve some rusty skills with help from a pro in a more advanced course. Building confidence and having fun are what it’s all about.”

All of the Foundation’s on-water courses can be found at BoatUS.org/On-Water.


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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 800,000 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 safe and clean boating courses – including the nation’s largest free online boating safety course – can be found at BoatUS.org/Courses.