The National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada (NMMA), Bolton, Ontario, has received funding for Discover Boating hands-on skills training. As a result, on-water boating clinics will be introduced at the Montreal In-Water, Toronto and Vancouver boat shows.
NMMA Canada has received $87,225 in funding from Transport Canada to support the Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training program, a three-year national initiative designed to educate Canadians to become confident and safe boaters.
The funding stems from Transport Canada's Boating Safety Contribution Program (BSCP) – http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-contrib-prgm-menu-2273.htm), which aims to increase the number of boaters who follow safe boating practices.
The Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training program will provide both new and experienced boaters the opportunity to get behind the helm and receive on-water training on safe boat handling at the Montreal In-Water Boat Show, the Toronto International Boat Show and the Vancouver International Boat Show from 2014 to 2016. The program has been successfully offered by NMMA at dozens of boat shows throughout the United States and has trained thousands of boaters.
"NMMA strongly supports and encourages boater education. An educated boater is a safe boater,' said Sara Anghel, Executive Director and Vice-President Government Relations for NMMA Canada. "On-water training is one of the best ways for new boaters to learn the skills needed to boat safely and with confidence, and we are pleased to receive support from Transport Canada.'
The Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training program has been adapted for Canada in both official languages and will feature instruction by boating experts on a variety of boating curriculum at the above-mentioned Canadian boat shows.