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Powerboat training courses now offered in Milwaukee & Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; South Haven, Michigan

by BoatUS 9 Apr 12:14 PDT
On-water powerboat handling courses in Milwaukee, Lake Geneva and South Haven make it easy to try boating or improve your skills © Boat Owners Association of The United States

If you have always wanted to see what boating is like, or you're a boat operator with a desire to grow your powerboat-handling skills or give yourself a boost of confidence behind the helm, now is your chance. On-water training provider Boat Safe Great Lakes, Carefree Boat Club, Gull Lake Marine, and the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water have teamed up to offer a series of at-the-helm boating courses in Milwaukee and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and South Haven, Michigan.

The three-hour on-water courses are affordably priced at $199 and held aboard 21- to 26-foot single engine powerboats under the watchful eye of a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed instructor. Class size is limited to a maximum of four students per vessel, ensuring everyone gets sufficient time at the helm. Courses follow a National Safe Boating Council modular curriculum and are held Mondays through Thursdays.

"Courses follow a sequential learning process that allows you to take the one you need, such as Introduction to Powerboating for beginners, or build upon your skills by continuing with Precision Docking & Boat Handling, Open-Water Boat Handling or Advanced Maneuvers," said Alan Dennison, program supervisor for the BoatUS Foundation.

The minimum age to participate is 16 years old, and there is a two-person minimum per boat for the classes to take place. BoatUS Foundation On-Water Training programs are offered at 15 locations across the U.S. Sign up at

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