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April 13, 2006

Calling All Women: How Did You Learn to Boat?

New Online Survey at

BoatU.S., the nation's leading advocate for recreational boaters, would like to know more about how women got started in recreational boating. To do this a new 15-question survey for women boaters is posted online at that asks them about their boat training and educational experience.

"In previous surveys, women boaters have identified education and training as a major issue impacting their participation and enjoyment of boating," said Elaine Dickinson, who heads up the BoatU.S. Women in Boating outreach effort.  "With this new survey, we'd like to find out more about how women learn and acquire skills  -- what works best and why -- when it comes to any watersports such as powerboating, sailing, canoeing and kayaking."

Dickinson says the association hopes to share the information in an effort to spur more women to take up boating. "There are many reasons why women don't actively boat -- careers, raising families, a lack of on-the-water experience or confidence in their skills, or there's no mentor available who can teach them the ropes.  If we look at those who have successfully used formal or informal training or other kinds of boater education perhaps we can replicate their path to recreational boating for others," she added. It is hoped the results can also aid boating educators to tailor their teaching techniques to today's more diverse would-be boaters.

BoatU.S. - Boat Owners Association of The United States - is the nation's leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its 640,000 members with a wide array of consumer services including a group-rate marine insurance program that insures nearly a quarter million boats; the largest fleet of more than 500 towing assistance vessels; discounts on fuel, slips, and repairs at over 825 Cooperating Marinas; boat financing; and a subscription to BoatU.S. Magazine, the most widely read boating publication in the U.S.  For membership information, visit or call 800-395-2628.