The Skipper Club will set sail this weekend at Lake Allatoona to sharpen the boating skills of area teens. To provide this on-water instruction to ages 13 to 19, Georgia Boat Safety and Training has joined forces with the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Safe Boating Council.
“Skippers Club is a pretty new program in conjunction with the NSBC and United States Coast Guard to provide a much needed service to the teens in our community,” said Chris Day, owner of Georgia Boat Safety and Training and a NSBC instructor. “This is the first time this program has been launched in Georgia or the Southeastern U.S.
“We are very excited to be able to bring this program to Georgia. We are seeing more and more teens on the water this year due to the pandemic. This program is all on the water, so it really gives the teens a feel for how the boats handle and what to do in case of an emergency.”
Along with being a “fun class,” Day shared attendees will gain valuable boating skills.
“Teens will learn how to dock a boat in close quarters, precision skills, rules of the road, boat safety, life jacket safety, environment impacts and a ton of other boating skills,” he said. “This course doesn’t stop with one course. The teens will have the option to further their boating skills by continuing the training all the way to the fourth module, which is Advance Open Water Boating.”
The Skippers Club will start with training Saturday at Little River Marina and Sunday at Glade Marina. Those interested need to sign up at least a day in advance.
According to the Skippers Club’s news release, its “curriculum is adapted from the NSBC’s Close Quarters and Open Water Boat Control program, divided into four modules designed to cover all elements of EDU-1 On-Water Power Standards, the American National Standard for on-water, recreational powerboating skills.
“A student must complete all four modules to meet the ANS standard. Each module is approximately three hours long, but time length may vary depending on the age and boating experience of the student. Please note, this is not a certification program.”
For more information about the training or to enroll in the Skipper Club, email email@example.com or call 770-881-1123.
“We are currently working with several potential sponsors and it looks as if this training will continue once a month on Allatoona and throughout Georgia,” Day said. “For the launch this weekend, we are covering $50 per student, Suntex Boat Club is furnishing the boats.
“So that leaves each student paying $99 for a three-hour class. Each student taking this first set of classes will be Skippers Club ambassadors and will receive a T-shirt along with several other Skippers Club items.”
Along with Georgia Boat Safety and Training, Day also oversees TowBoatU.S. Lake Allatoona.
Since 2018, Day's multifaceted operation includes salvage, sunken vessel removal, disaster response, on-water towing and assistance and dive services. His TowBoatU.S. coverage area of Lake Allatoona extends into portions of Bartow, Cherokee and Cobb counties.
Further details on the Skipper Club can be obtained by visiting the Facebook pages of Georgia Boat Safety and Training or TowBoatUS Lake Allatoona.