Hale Marine Partners with Power Squadron to Pay for Boater Education Courses

Hale Marine, a supplier of Marine parts since 2006, recently gifted the local U.S. Power Squadron $5,000 to underwrite area residents receiving free recreational boater education.

The Tybee Light Sail and Power Squadron (TLSPS) - America's Boating Club, a local fixture since 1957, offers the gold standard of educational courses for boaters. Over the past 10 years, TLSPS has taught 350 students basic boating in America's Boating Course; taught 250 students advanced courses such as Seamanship, Piloting, Marine Electrical Systems, and Weather; and taught 401 students seminars such as GPS, Tides, and Currents, Chart Reading. and Partner in Command, a course for the spouse or friend accompanying the boat's pilot. The average course costs range from $25 to $95.

With Savannah's range of water traffic, from 190,000-ton container ships to kayakers and every-sized vessel in between, knowledge of boating's 'rules of the road' are essential for a safe outing.

The gift from Hale Marine can be used by new or experienced boaters. The only stipulation is that the person taking the course has to successfully complete it.

To learn more about available courses and to apply for a free course, email Carl Ericsson (cericsson09@gmail.com).