The National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada received $87,225 from Transport Canada to support the Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training program for three years, a national program designed to educate Canadians to become confident and safe boaters.
The funding stems from Transport Canada’s Boating Safety Contribution Program, which aims to increase the number of boaters who follow safe boating practices.
The Discover Boating training program will provide new and experienced boaters with the opportunity to get behind the helm and receive on-water training on safe boat handling at the Montreal In-Water Boat Show, the Toronto International Boat Show and the Vancouver International Boat Show from 2014 to 2016.
“NMMA strongly supports and encourages boater education. An educated boater is a safe boater,” NMMA Canada executive director and vice president of government relations Sara Anghel said in a statement. “On-water training is one of the best ways for new boaters to learn the skills needed to boat safely and with confidence, and we are pleased to receive support from Transport Canada.”