New website promotes navigation safety

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The National Safe Boating Council officially launched this week BoatOnCourse.com, a website designed to help the recreational boater become more aware of the on-the-water navigation rules to enjoy a safer time on the water.

BoatOnCourse.com takes a practical approach to boating by relating it to something boaters are already familiar with: the "rules of the road" when driving a car. BoatOnCourse.com hopes to get recreational boaters excited about learning more by taking a boating safety course. These basic navigation rules are presented in a casual relaxed manner, introducing basic awareness in key areas, including Responsible Boat Operations (the responsibility between vessels, proper lookout, and safe speed), Overtaking, Crossing and Meeting Head-On situations.

"BoatOnCourse.com is a great way to create an awareness of the navigation rules," National Safe Boating Council executive director Virgil Chambers said. "The scenarios can happen to any boater out on the water; this website addresses the most common navigation rules and boating situations, and provides resources for boaters to take their navigation rules awareness to the next level."