The parent company of Mercury Marine, Mercury Racing and several powerboat brands, Brunswick Corporation is launching BoatClass, an “immersive on-water training program designed to teach boating safety and assist boaters in gaining confidence” in their general operating skills, according to a press release from the publicly traded recreational products company in Mettawa, Ill.
Available to entry-level and intermediate operators, BoatClass is a new safety program from Brunswick Corporation. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Each three-hour course will be led by a certified United States Coast Guard captain. Depending on their experience level, participants can sign up for either basic or intermediate-level courses, which “consist of 100 percent on-water training to master techniques.” Skills taught include shifting and throttle control, turning, stopping, backing drills, crossing wakes and waves, speed-zone adjustments, anchoring and more. According to the release, the course employs the same training methods used in the Freedom Boat Club network.
The first BoatClass courses will be offered February 12 out of Marker 24 Marina in Merritt Island, Fla. According to the release the plan is to offer it at various marinas throughout the state. Fees apply—more information is available by clicking here.
“Safety is the number one priority for all boaters on the water,” said Brenna Presser, Brunswick’s president of Business Acceleration and chief People and Strategy officer, in the release, “BoatClass provides an opportunity for new and seasoned boaters to receive world-class training and learn the necessary skills to make the most of their time on the water.”