For boaters who live in cold weather climates, winter can be a good time to get summer ready. And even if it’s not cold in your area, you can use a rainy day for a boating refresher. To find classes and programs near you, visit the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary website and enter your zip code for a list of courses offered near you. You can also find a selection of online courses, both free and paid, at BoatUS.org.
In addition to brushing up on the rules of the water, there are many great apps available that can help keep you and your crew safe. Now’s a good time to locate, download and become familiar with them so when summer arrives, you’re ready to get on the water. Here are a few you might want to investigate.
Weather Related Apps
These apps are graphically friendly and track everything from temperature, precipitation, thunderstorms and wind to waves, currents and tides.
GPS Compatible Apps
Of course, if you’re a Grady-White boat owner you’ll want to be sure and download the Captain Grady app. Captain Grady provides information and video demonstrations to help answer any questions about your boat.
There are many other great apps available–a simple internet search can point you in the right direction, or getting involved with a boating club can also lead you to an array of options that would be right for you according to where and how you use your boat. Now is a good time to get yourself and your crew on the way to a better and safer boating experience.