Boating Education Resources – a Guide to Cruising Courses, State-mandated Boating Exams & More!

You’ve seen the enticing glossy ads in the sailing mags ‘” “Charter a boat in the islands and enter paradise!” or something to that effect. If you’ve ever considered taking a different sort of vacation and learning a new skill or perhaps adding to your current repertoire of boating skills, then it’s time to invest in your education.

If you want to start sailing big boats on your own or charter, but aren’t ready for a larger yacht, you can take any number of Boating Courses offered around the globe, some right in your backyard. Imagine taking the ultimate learning vacation somewhere warm, in crystal clear azure water, with palm trees swaying in the gentle breezes. Now, the choices are almost endless. Stuck at home for the summer? No worries, there are plenty of online courses available to satisfy your inner yearnings for new information and skills.

On the Horizon

This Weekend! May 12-15 ‘” Cruisers University Programs and Classes ‘” Baltimore Marine Center at Inner Harbor

Boating education will be the topic of Cruisers University, a combination education/boat show geared toward an international audience.

The show is hosted by the United States Yacht Shows. Classes are set to run May 12′”15 in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and will also include a yacht show. Cruisers from Australia, British Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and sixteen states are currently registered.

The event will feature nearly 100 hours of general cruising lifestyle seminars to technical coursework. Topics ranging from Diesel Maintenance, Weather Forecasting, On-board Electrical, Navigation, Medical, and Electronics to Cruising the Great Loop and Crossing the Gulf Stream will be featured.

General admission tickets will be sold for those wanting to attend the consumer show portion of the event.

Two ways to register for classes: Call us at 410-263-7802 orDownload the Registration Formand fax to 410-280-3903. Hurry though, this course is almost sold-out!

Distance Learning ‘” Yes, even for boaters!

Cruisers can also take advantage of excellent Distance Learning opportunities via Seven Seas U, the educational branch of the Seven Seas Cruising Association. If you’re not already a member (and remember, you don’t have to be actively cruising to join!), you should sign up now. Every one who dreams someday of letting go those docklines and voyaging far & wide or just down the Bay, should take full advantage of what SSCA can offer. Attend a live webinar or listen to the pre-recorded program by well-known names in the field ‘” Marine Meteorologist Lee Chesneau, Beth Leonard on Voyage Planning, Cruising the Abacos with Pam Wall or Women and Cruising with Kathy Parsons, Gwen Hamlin and Pam Wall. Go to http://sevenseasu.com/7seasu/index.php to see a long list of topics in the works.

Boating Courses:

For general sailing or boating education there are tons of great programs ranging from basic keelboat training with a US Sailing certified course to a State Approved, NASBLA recognized course for recreational boaters.

Here’s a list of online resources to help you get what you need:

– Boat-Ed.com

– BoaterExam.com

– BoatSafe.com

– BoatUS Online Learning Center

– NauticEd – Use the Promo code “Cruisingcode” and get 15% off any course

– Offshore Sailing School (OSS)

– United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

– United States Power Squadrons

– US Sailing Certification

– Women & Cruising ‘” Fun & Informative and geared just for us cruising gals! Next webinar at SSU ‘” Wednesday, June 8, 2011

– Women on the Water at the Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda, BVI. Next WOW ‘” October 22 ‘” 29, 2011!

More Online Sailing Courses:

For a comprehensive list of Sailing Courses, visit Discover Boating ‘” http://www.discoverboating.com/boating/sailing/schools.aspx

Don’t forget to show your love & support of sailing by participating in the 11th annual Summer Sailstice sailing event will take place on June 18 on waters worldwide. The goal is to set out the sails on as many boats as possible.

Last year saw the largest celebration to date, with sailors in 50 U.S. states and 47 countries participating. With

events already in the planning for this year, Summer Sailstice organizers are anticipating more sailors everywhere will dedicate the first summer weekend of sailing to the global Sailstice festivities. For 2011, Summer Sailstice once again will raise money for the environmental education organization Sailors For The Sea . Prizes will also be given to registered participants.

Go! Get on a Boat this Summer and Have Fun! And be SAFE out there!