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National Safe Boating Council Offers Hands-On Training at Five Different Locations
NSBC press release
Bristow, VA (March 20, 2012) – Are you interested in enhancing your boat handling instruction
skills? The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), as part of its mission to promote safer
boating through education, outreach, and training, has developed an instructor’s course in Close
Quarters Boat Control to address growing needs identified amongst professionals, volunteer
groups, and the recreational boating public. The Close-Quarters Boat Control Instructor’s Course
will be held in five different locations during the next several months. The course is designed for
professionals and those who teach programs to the recreational boating public.

“This course is ideal for professionals and others who teach novice recreational boaters on how to
handle their craft safely and proficiently,” said Virgil Chambers, executive director of the NSBC.
“The NSBC’s Close-Quarters Boat Control Instructor’s Course can help to advance instructional
skills and give the students more confidence when operating their craft.”

The Close-Quarters Boat Control Instructor Course is supported through a U.S. Coast Guard
grant and, because of this, the National Safe Boating Council is able to assist qualified course
attendees with travel and lodging costs. This course focuses on maneuvers and techniques used
for basic boat handling and how to control a boat in close quarters, such as docking, coming
alongside, backing and turning in a narrow space. The curriculum is presented in an easy-tofollow
format. The course will be offered five times between April – August 2012: Nevada (April
17 – 18) Texas (May 9 – 10) Connecticut (June 12 – 13) Ohio (June 27 – 28) and Tennessee
(August 22 – 23). Those enrolling will be asked to commit to using the training to advance handson

For a complete list of where each course will be held and more information on financial support
to attend the course, contact the NSBC at (703) 361-4294 or