• Freedom Boat Club Offers BoatClass® at the Jacksonville Spring Boat Show

    The boat show is April 16-18 at Metropolitan Park and Marina
    Jacksonville, Fla., April 8, 2021 – Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville is offering boat classes at the Jacksonville Spring Boat Show. The Basic BoatClass®, Intermediate BoatClass® + Advanced Docking, and a Women’s BoatClass® will be offered from the dock at Metropolitan Park and Marina when the boat show takes place on April 16, 17 and 18. U.S. Coast Guard Certified Captains will take boaters from dock A at the marina for a three-hour on-water training class.
    “It is our goal to give people the skills to operate their boats with confidence and we are excited to be offering the women’s-only boat class at the show,” said Lisa Almeida, co-owner of FBC Jacksonville.  “We want to show people how fun and easy boating can be when you know what you are doing.”
    The Basic BoatClass® will take place April 16 at 11 a.m., and April 17 and 18 at 10 a.m. and the Women’s BoatClass® will be held April 17 at 3 p.m. Both classes are three-hour on-water training courses designed for new boaters. Participants will learn lessons in shifting and throttle control, turning and stopping drills, and how to back into open water. They will learn how to pivot and turn the boat, manage speed and momentum, and how to dock at the marina. Instructors will also teach the rules of the waterways.
    The Intermediate BoatClass® + Advanced Docking will be held on Friday, April 16 at 4 p.m. This is also a three-hour on-water course with more complex boating lessons that include maneuvering the boat in tight quarters and stopping quickly and controlled. Boaters will be taught how to trim a boat, accurately anchor and docking skills they will need for winds and currents, different slip configurations and docking between other boats.
    To register, visit events.theboatclass.com. Space is limited but if seats are available, sign-up will be allowed at the FBC Booth at the boat show. The basic and women’s only course is available to four people per class. It is $149 for the first seat and $50 for each additional seat or the entire boat for $299. The intermediate class allows three seats per boat for $199 per seat and $75 for additional seats or $349 for the entire boat. For more information, contact Luke Bickerstaff at Luke.bickerstaff@freedomboatclub.com or call 904-352-5522.
    About Freedom Boat Club
    Freedom Boat Club, owned by Brunswick, is the largest membership-based boating club in the world. It is an alternative to boat ownership delivering hassle-free boating since 1989. Freedom Boat Club provides unlimited access at three local locations, Julington Creek Marina in Jacksonville, Beach Marine in Jacksonville Beach and Camachee Cove Marina in St. Augustine, as well as reciprocal access to 262 locations across the U.S., Canada and France. Members can enjoy the fun of boating without the stress through a variety of membership options. For more information, visit www.freedomboatclub.com.