Freedom Boat Club adds training manager

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The Freedom Boat Club announced the promotion of Capt. Marti Wagley to training manager for its 15 corporate locations in southwest Florida.

Wagley, a Freedom Boat Club instructor since 2007, will supervise a staff of 25. She earned a Coast Guard captain’s license in 2005.

“Marti is not only an excellent instructor, but she is also a gifted communicator and highly organized,” Freedom Boat Club director of training Steve Jacobs said in a statement. “She is well-qualified for this new role.”

The Venice, Fla.-based Freedom Boat Club, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, emphasizes training. All 10,000 club members nationwide were required to complete a detailed training course, which includes classroom work and one-on-one water instruction, before they were allowed to take out a boat.

Club members can take additional and more advanced training, as well as offshore training, as desired.

“It is much more enjoyable being out on a boat when you have confidence at the helm,” Wagley said. “There are a lot of concepts, such as wind, tides and current, to master. I take great joy when I see people learn how to put it all together and comfortably bring a boat into the dock or ride away with confidence.”

Wagley’s new role is a direct result of the Freedom Boat Club’s continued growth and expansion, resulting in a demand for more training opportunities for a rapidly growing membership, CEO and president John Giglio said.

“It has been our focus on the customer and commitment to delivering an excellent boat experience that has fueled our growth,” Giglio said. “We invented the boating club model and we are committed to its long-term success. Boater training is a top priority and area of focus that is at the foundation of our program.”

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