Millions of Americans identify themselves as experienced recreational boaters. But how many of these “experienced” boaters know everything there is to know about staying safe on the water?
In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week from May 18 to May 24, Yamaha WaterCraft, a division of Yamaha Motor Corporation USA, and the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water challenge all boaters regardless of their experience to test their boating knowledge with a free, online safety course.
The course covers a broad range of topics and is accepted by many states as a certified boating safety course. Completion can also bring possible insurance discounts. This summer marks the 15th year that Yamaha WaterCraft has offered the free BoatUS online safety course.
"Everyone that enjoys boating on our public waterways has a responsibility to boat safely, and taking a boating education couse is a great place to start," said Bryan Seti, Yamaha's National Marketing Manager. "This online course is free, fun, and can be done any time of the day or night."
The course is recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and is based on 60 multiple choice questions.
Designed as a teaching tool, background material on question topics are available throughout the exam and corrections and explanations are given when a question is answered incorrectly. Any unfamiliar topics can be reviewed with a "study topics" button.
Those with 80 percent or more correct answers are given a certificate of completion. The course can also be started and stopped at anytime - you don't need to complete it all at once.