AWA-K38 Boat Handling Course

The American Watercraft Association and K38 Rescue offer an easy and educational one day course for personal watercraft owners. This course deals with basic rules of the road, common maintenance procedures, and a challenging half-day of practical exercises on the water geared to increase your PWC handling skills.

Created specifically for personal watercraft owners, the course offers comprehensive information combined with hands on testing and real life riding situations.

From launching your PWC to docking, we suggest skills that will help you become more knowledgeable and safe on the water. The basic tasks we teach are used to instruct first responders, the military and professional tow-surfers in watercraft handling. As easy and fun as personal watercraft are to ride and enjoy, we believe there is always room for more safety. Our boat handling course includes:

Centering: Learn the proper way to position your body on a craft.

Boarding and Re-boarding: Re-boarding a PWC is easy, or is it? Do you really know how to right an overturned boat? We offer tips for re-boarding your personal watercraft.

Walk The Deck: Discover your safe balance points on your personal watercraft.

Johnny B: Learn how to use the ‘pivot point’ of your vessel to give you better control.

Slalom: A buoy course designed to teach you throttle control and body placement

Raid Drill: Designed to teach you how to reach low to the waterline and maintain craft stability

Docking: Learn techniques for approaching a dock and using an EZ Dock.

Join us for the AWA/K-38 Boat Handling Course, and turn one day into a lifetime of safety and knowledge. The course is free and will be offered Saturday May 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at AnnaPointMarina. A free lunch will be provided by Yamaha Watercraft. The class is open to the first 40 registrants. Participants must supply their own personal watercraft. The morning portion of the class will be instructed by Mary Loose of DGIF. Participants will take a test at the end of the morning session to gain certification with the state of Virginia.

For more information, or to register, contact the American Watercraft Association at:
800-913-AWA1 (2921) or on the web at

Sponsors include LABRA (Lake Anna Boat & Recreation Assoc), Lake Country Marine, AWA (American Watercraft Assoc), K38/Kanalu-K38, Yamaha Watercraft, and McGraw Insurance.

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