Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training (HOST) kicked off in Canada with trainer orientation sessions this summer in Toronto, Montreal and in Vancouver.
The main objective of these sessions was to share with existing on-water educators the key aspects of the HOST curriculum and how they can approach communicating safe boating practices to a broader range of boaters and potential new boaters. These trainer orientation sessions were also leveraged as PR opportunities to promote the launch of HOST in Canada. Media outlets that attended include OMNI television, CTV, Le Guide du Bateau and Le Canada FranÃ§ais.
Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training has five core modules that provide boaters, of all experience levels, practical education for operating a boat safely and confidently. The sessions will be made available in Canada for the first time from 2014 to 2016 at the Montreal In-Water Boat Show, Toronto International Boat Show and Vancouver International Boat Show.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada earlier this spring announced it has received $87,225 in funding from Transport Canada to support the Discover Boating HOST program for three years. The funding stems from Transport Canada's Boating Safety Contribution Program (BSCP), which aims to increase the number of boaters who follow safe boating practices.
Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training stands to benefit both boaters and the industry by creating safer waterways, and helping new and aspiring boaters gain confidence to get behind the helm.