Why should I take a boating course?

The CPS-ECP Boating Resource

A question that I get asked a lot is “why should I take a safe boating course?”

Let me start by asking you the following question: Would you start driving a car before taking a course and/or driving lessons? The answer is probably no and for good reason.

When it comes to operating a boat, especially a power boat, personal watercraft or sailboat, I often ask the same question and the answer I get is usually very different. Most people believe that operating a boat is much easier that operating a car and I would respectfully suggest that this is far from the truth.

Let’s think about it and follow the comparison. When you do the written portion of your driver’s test you have to be able to identify a large number of signs. The same is true for travel on the water. I counted up the number of different…

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