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Boating courses planned for Newport show

The Newport Exhibition Group announced the 2015 At The Helm program for this year’s Newport (R.I.) show.

The Newport Exhibition Group, which owns and produces the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show, announced the 2015 At The Helm program for this year’s show.

Developed by Confident Captain/Ocean Pros and offered exclusively at the Newport show, organizers said At The Helm provides sailors and powerboaters of all experience levels the opportunity to take to the water. Participants receive hands-on instruction from Coast Guard-licensed captains and US Powerboating- and American Sailing Association-certified instructors.

At The Helm also will feature new shore-based courses held in the Confident Captain/Safe-Sea Mobile Seamanship Lab at the show site. The Newport show will be held Sept. 17-20 on the city’s waterfront along America’s Cup Avenue.

“By partnering with Confident Captain/Ocean Pros we are able to offer individuals and families the opportunity to learn or improve their boating skills while at the show,” Newport Exhibition Group show director Nancy Piffard said in a statement. “Last year, 150 individuals signed up for on-water instruction, indicating they felt ‘rusty’ or were taking their very first course. These are the people that represent the future growth of the boating industry. And this year, At The Helm’s shore-based instruction will add a new dimension to the course offerings.”

“Attendees really enjoy the world-class venue of the Newport Boat Show, and it is a perfect setting for hands-on training and skills development,” said Capt. Kent Dresser, president and founder of Confident Captain. “Our expanded program for 2015, coupled with the great staff at the show, sets the stage for a truly one-of-a-kind experience for new and seasoned boaters alike. It will be a sell-out for sure!”

Organizers said the At The Helm program enhances maneuvering, safety, navigational, powerboating and sailing skills with custom-tailored instruction based on individual needs and interest.

There are three courses apiece for powerboating and sailing, and two shore-based courses. Each class can be customized based on the experience level of the people in the session.

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