Freedom Boat Club and BoatUS will offer discounted on-the-water boater-training courses July 29-30 at the Charleston (S.C.) Harbor Resort and Marina.
All classes will be taught on powerboats ranging from 19 to 22 feet. The three-hour course starts at $149, and space is limited to four per vessel to ensure that each person gets time at the helm. There’s a ladies-only class called “Women Making Waves.”
The high cost of individualized training with a professional instructor can preclude people from taking an on-the-water class, BoatUS said. The courses are intended to make hands-on education more affordable.
The “Intro to Boating” course covers slow-speed maneuvering, docking and close-quarters handling in tight spaces. Classes start at 9 a.m. and run throughout the day.
Intermediate boating courses are also scheduled for 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on both days and will cover open-water handling, how to take wakes, using trim/tilt for boat balance, docking and backing down in tight spaces.