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BoatUS offering two powerboating courses this Saturday

The on-water courses give students hands-on training aboard single- and twin-engine boats.

The on-water courses give students hands-on training aboard single- and twin-engine boats.

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is working with Prince William Marina in Woodbridge, Va., to offer two boating safety courses taught aboard single- and twin-engine boats. The Powerboat I and Powerboat II courses will be taught June 23 and the three-hour courses start at either 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. and are priced at $159 per student. Class size is limited to four students per boat.

Powerboat I includes preparing a boat for departure, steering straight at idle speed learning to center the wheel, shifting gears and throttle control, stopping in an emergency, station holding, the “Boater’s eye” technique and understanding the “weathervane effect.” Powerboat II covers pivot turns, docking alongside a pier and departing and how to maintain a proper lookout.

The goal of the courses are to address the high costs typically associated with at-the-helm training, making hands-on boating education more affordable. The courses offer area residents the chance to try recreational boating and give boaters the opportunity to brush up on their skills.

Space is limited and students must be at least 21. To sign up, go to


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