I’ve got some kids at home who think boating is THE BEST way to spend their time. Fishing, jumping off the boat, and driving, too. Power or sail – your kids need to know how to handle basic boating emergencies and even just the plain old basics – to be a safe and helpful mate when you’re out on the water.
US Powerboating has taken this on and is trying to standardize the state requirements for Safe Boating certification. Their “Safe Powerboat Handling” curriculum is a 16 hour class on the water and in the classroom, that certifies both kids and adults in most state’s accepted licensing for kids aged 10 and up. In fact, the very same course is offered for adults with the same curriculum. It’s the teaching style that changes for the 10-16 year olds and Rhode Island marine education specialists, Confident Captain, have it perfected for the kids.
Over the summer if you live near Rhode Island and have eager captains in your family, it is worth looking into these 2 day camps for kids. They focus on fun and on teaching at an appropriate level for the younger learners. There are even weekend classes on occasion and classes for adults, too. Confident Captain is a US Powerboating Training Center and completion of the 2 day class gives passing students their state certified Safe Boat Handling certificate which is required by law for the younger captains.
Check out the summer schedule here and the US Powerboating course info here to see if another facility closer to your homeport can help train your little captains. And when they’re ready – they can go back to Confident Captain for a 100-Gross Ton USCG Captain’s License and you can sit back and enjoy the ride.