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Training the Trainers


The American Boat and Yacht Council is hosting its second Educator Training Conference. The July 20-22 online session is aimed at high school and and post-secondary instructors and administrators who are teaching marine service or considering adding it to their curriculums.

“We were blown away by the sellout participation at our first educator training conference in 2019, and the industry’s support,” ABYC Foundation executive director Margaret Podlich said in a statement. “This year’s event will be all online, offering the ability for anyone, anywhere to attend without the cost and time of travel.”

Organizers said this year’s conference will focus on three main topics derived from input by marine service teachers:

• professional development

• industry insights

• guidance for hands-on, classroom learning


The conference will start with a virtual happy hour on the first day and run from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on the second and third days.

“Schools interested in a standards-based curriculum or trying to get more STEM into their class will learn how to do this painlessly, while networking and sharing ideas with other instructors,” Podlich said

The ABYC Foundation is seeking industry sponsorships at a $1,000 level, as well as donations for door prizes. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Podlich at

Several industry publications, including Soundings Trade Only, Professional Boatbuilder and Boating Industry, are supporting the event by providing subscriptions to all registrants.

Click here for registration and other information.

Those who register by May 15 get free access to ABYC’s Basic Marine Electrical and Corrosion Mitigation online course.



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