Raleigh, N.C. – United States Power Squadrons – America’s Boating Club, the country’s largest nonprofit boating organization, announced today the release of digital assets to enhance boating education with the launch of America’s Boating Channel on YouTube and americasboatingchannel.com.
Funded by grants from the United States Coast Guard, America’s Boating Channel offers a series of streaming and downloadable videos focused on boating safety and boater education. America’s Boating Channel also provides multiple formats of related digital media including safe-boating messages, skills animations and audio presentations.
Videos and animations cover a wide range of topics and are organized into sections like Planning, Departure, Underway and Arrival. Each video goes into more detail tackling subjects like life jackets, vessel inspections, steering basics, anchoring, man overboard, docking, mooring and shoreline landings.
“In an ongoing effort to make boater education more accessible, we have turned to digital and online resources to disseminate the latest information,” said Gary Cheney, chief commander, United States Power Squadrons. “The mission of the United States Power Squadrons is to promote safe boating through education. By offering America’s Boating Channel, we give individuals access to vital boating information that they can view at home or on the go. It’s all part of making it easier than ever before to become a safer and more knowledgeable boater.”
Providing original multimedia content instructors can use to enhance their classroom offerings, the America’s Boating Channel enables boaters to view videos anywhere, any time, on any connected device to reinforce what is learned in class. Videos provide an introduction to a range of boating topics, essential skills and etiquette. Links to “Learn More” at the end of each video promote further education. New content is added regularly. Videos, also available in Spanish, are accessible from the americasboatingchannel.com homepage.
A just-released series includes four videos on various aspects of life jackets, six on personal watercraft operations and one each on accident reporting, frequently asked questions about Navigation Rules, visual distress signals and mobile maritime service identities (MMSI). The video series now in production covers boating under the influence (BUI), new aspects of life jacket wear, human-propelled boating, and electronic navigation.