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National Safe Boating Week aims for more safety certifications



National Safe Boating Week, which begins Saturday, May 17th, provides a not-to-be-missed opportunity for boaters to get a boating safety certification, says leading online educator To encourage boaters to sign up before summer boating season, is lowering the cost of its by $5 during National Safe Boating Week, which runs until May 23rd, 2014.


“Recent statistics confirm that education significantly lowers the risk of a serious boating accident or fatality,” says Kerry Moher, VP of and a former member of the NASBLA Education Standards Panel. “To get more boaters to complete a safety course before summer, we’re lowering the cost of our online course during National Safe Boating Week.”


Students who register at between May 15th and May 23rd, and who complete their course by the end of May 2014, will receive $5 off their online boating safety certification. is encouraging state agencies, marinas, and other boating organizations to spread the word about the campaign.


U.S. Coast Guard statistics back up the importance of taking a safe boating course. Of the more than 700 fatalities in 2011, only 7% occurred on a boat where the operator had taken a NASBLA-approved boating safety course.


“With an approved online course like, it takes about three hours to get your safety certification, such as a boater education card or boating license. It’s three hours that can make all the difference,” concludes Moher.


To sign up for the online course or to find out more about state-by-state education requirements, visit



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