NORTH FORT MYERS, Florida - The National Association
of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) has recognized
the course and approved new course materials for Basic
Power Boating (P-101), one of the popular live-aboard
courses offered by Florida Sailing & Cruising School
P-101 teaches students how to safely operate a displacement
power vessel of 30 to 40 feet on known waters during
daylight hours under fair weather conditions. FS&CS
recently published a student guide for P-101, a 36-page
textbook/workbook used in combination with hands-on
training on a vessel and as a reference book. In his
December 27 letter of approval, NASBLA's Charles A.
Sledd, education committee chairman, told Capt. Barb
Hansen of FS&CS, "Your work in educating the boating
public to enhance the safety of our waterways is very
Skills taught in the P-101 course include radio communications,
mooring, docking and wharf landing. Based from Marinatown
Marina in North Fort Myers, Florida, the three-day
course is limited to four students who stay onboard
a trawler while taking the course. Courses are scheduled
for the convenience of the students.
Reservations also are being accepted now for Inland
Powerboat Cruising, a three-day course that teaches
students how to plan, provision, and execute an inland
waterway cruise. Students may also reserve their participation
in Combination Handling and Cruising (P-101 and
P-102), a comprehensive six-day course. FS&CS
also conducts an eight-day Offshore Powerboat Cruising
(P-103) course that includes a round-trip cruise
from Fort Myers to Key West. All courses are taught
by U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captains.
Florida Sailing & Cruising School is a division
of Southwest Florida Yachts, Inc. which operates one
of the largest yacht charter fleets in Florida.
NASBLA is a professional association consisting of
state, commonwealth and territorial officials responsible
for administering and/or enforcing state boating laws.