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BoatU.S. offers free online safety course

The BoatU.S. Foundation recently set up a new online learning center.

The website offers a no-cost online boating safety course that makes learning easier and retention stronger with the use of new animations, videos and interactive activities.

"We believe in reducing the barriers to boating," said Chris Edmonston, BoatU.S. Foundation director of boating safety, in a statement. "Some boating safety courses can cost over $100, which can present a big hurdle, especially if several family members want to run the boat.

"By making our course free, available at home and doable on your own time, we hope to ensure your boating remains fun and everyone makes it home safely," Edmonston added.

Users can print a certificate after they complete the course to show proof of education to a state boating agency. A few states additionally charge a small fee to issue a boating safety card or document. As an option, the foundation will provide a certificate suitable for framing for a $5 fee.

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