LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — Want to learn the basics of powerboating or brush up on your skills? The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Freedom Boat Club Lake of the Ozarks are offering a choice of two on-water boat training courses taught aboard single-engine powerboats, this weekend, at Lake of the Ozarks.

The courses are Intro to Boating and Women Making Waves, and they will be held on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, at Freedom Boat Club’s location at Ozark Village Resort, 1062 Susan Road, Lake of the Ozarks.

Both the Intro to Boating and Women Making Waves courses are three hours long and affordably priced at $149 per person. Intro to Boating covers shifting and steering, basic docking, open-water handling and basic navigation, and is offered both days at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The ladies-only course, Women Making Waves, offers the same curriculum and is the perfect opportunity to spend a half-day learning boat-handling techniques in a supportive environment. It’s offered both days at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Class size is limited to four students per vessel, ensuring each student gets sufficient time at the helm under the watchful eye of a U.S. Coast Guard-certified instructor.

The goal of the BoatUS Foundation and Freedom Boat Club Lake of the Ozarks courses is to address the high costs typically associated with at-the-helm training, making hands-on boating education more accessible. The courses also offer area residents the chance to try out recreational boating and give boaters the opportunity to brush up on their boat-handling skills.

Space is limited. Participants must be 21 years or older. To sign up for a course or seek out others, go to BoatUS.org/On-Water.

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