United States Power Squadrons’ America’s Boating Club announced that its America’s Boating Course is now offered in Spanish.
The course was produced under a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.
A 2017 study published by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and Discover Boating showed that Hispanic boaters represent a fast-growing, emerging market of first-time boat buyers.
To meet this growth, America’s Boating Club’s popular America’s Boating Course is available online for the first-time to Spanish speakers.
Through the course, students will receive a detailed education in Spanish on topics such as basic boating terminology, weather situations and rules of responsibility through an online format using interactive videos and graphics.
A printed full-color, 288-page guidebook serves as a supplement to the online course that offers expansive imaging and broad coverage of all topics that boaters will be able to keep with them on their vessels for reference.
“America’s Boating Club tries to adapt to an ever-changing, growing boating community,” said U.S. Power Squadrons chief commander Gary Cheney in a statement. “As soon as we learned of the recent NMMA study, we knew that we wanted to try to meet the needs of Spanish-speaking boaters. America’s Boating Club, with the help of the Coast Guard, wants to extend necessary boating knowledge to as many people as possible and this is one step towards that overall goal. If we can get new boaters excited about spreading their knowledge and joining their local Squadrons, this is a bonus for us.”
The course can be accessed on America’s Boating Club’s website and costs $34.95 in most states. Learn more or register here.