Boating safety class

AUGUSTA The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife offers Maine boaters many ways to take boating safety courses, but now there is a new option that saves money. The BoatUS Foundation boating safety course is now available free online to Maine residents.

The course includes interactive animations, videos and photos designed to give boaters an education that goes beyond the basics of boating. Videos show important safety devices such as visual distress signals, how to get help in an emergency, how to prevent fires aboard a boat and the best way to fit a child’s life jacket.

The BoatUS Foundation course also fully meets Maine’s education requirements for personal watercraft operators and is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as exceeding the minimum requirements for the National Recreational Boating Safety Program.

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