Educated Boaters are Safer Boaters

Men and women taking America's Boating Course in a classroom setting. Photo/USCG.

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The Sea Tow Foundation has always believed that an educated boater is a safer boater and now we have proof. The U.S. Coast Guard’s Recreational Boating Statistics show that you are more likely to be killed in a boating accident if you’ve never taken a boating safety course.


Boating handling skills training is critically important to the safety of everyone on board. According to the U.S. Coast Guard national data, 76% of recreational boating fatalities in 2009 occurred on boats where the operator received no known instruction on how to operate the vessel.

For boat owners, there’s an added incentive to take training: insurance companies frequently offer discounts on boat insurance to individuals who successfully complete a boating safety course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard.

To find a list of available boating safety courses, please visit the Sea Tow Foundation’s website.

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