Boat Safe Martha’s Vineyard was recently reaccredited by the United States Coast Guard and the National Association of Boating Law Administrators for the boating basics course taught on Island by Ron Walsh.

The accreditation means that the class is accepted as basic training by all 50 states including Massachusetts for both youths and adults. Currently only nine states have licensing requirements for adults. Massachusetts has a bill before the state legislature making certification mandatory for adults. Only 15 to 20 per cent of all boaters (75 million nationwide) have any type of classroom training.

Mr. Walsh, a certified instructor, has been teaching boating classes ranging from the basics all the way up to advanced navigation for the last 17 years, first with the Coast Guard Auxiliary and then conducting private classes for the past seven years. He also offers private classes. He hopes to schedule a basic navigation course early next year.

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