Two leading boating education organizations with a history of making boating education easy and affordable, have teamed up to offer a fully interactive online seminar for those First Mates who may find themselves needing to take command of the family boat. Partner in Command, from the US Power Squadrons (USPS), in partnership with the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety, aims to acquaint the First Mate with basic skills he or she may need in an emergency. The seminar is now available online at www.usps.org/edonline just in time for boating season. The cost is $70 or just $55.30 for members of USPS, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Great Lakes Cruising Club and, for a limited time, BoatUS members.
The US Power Squadrons is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable through teaching boaters courses and seminars covering dozens of topics. To date, over four million boaters have taken a USPS course or seminar. The partnership with the BoatUS Foundation aims to increase the accessibility to boating education courses by tapping into the Foundation’s expertise at presenting engaging and effective course materials for online study at home. Aiming for the 70 million American boaters and millions more worldwide, Partner in Command is just the first seminar to be put online. US Power Squadrons have over 30 advanced courses and seminars taught by local squadrons that will be made available online in the next two to three years. The next offerings will include seminars on Boating on Rivers, Locks and Lakes, and the Using VHF and VHF/DSC Marine Radio, as well as the USPS Seamanship course.
“US Power Squadrons’ mission is to teach boaters how to get more fun out of their boating experience by being more informed, safe and confident,” said USPS Chief Commander John Alter. “We have been doing it for 100 years and no one does it better.”
The BoatUS Foundation has its roots when Boat Owners Association of The United State’s (BoatUS) Founder and Chairman Richard Schwartz testified before Congress in 1969 that led to the watershed Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971. Today, BoatUS’ member-funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating, and provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, The Foundation’s Online Boating Safety Course is the only free, NASBLA-approved online boating safety course in 33 states. To date, over one million boaters have taken the course.