The program known as Boatsmart – taking young boaters beyond the basics aims to provide secondary school students with the knowledge and practical skills they need for safe recreational boating.

The one-day program required students to; safely launch a vessel from a trailer, row a tender, conduct a dinghy capsize and rescue exercise, drive a boat, return a boat to its trailer, flush an outboard and wash a boat.

Lloyd Godson Marine Science Teacher Westport Campus said the students had lots of fun and the course offered them the opportunity to gain valuable skills and helped ensure that future recreational boating experiences are safe and enjoyable.

During the session, marine science students also discussed maritime employment and boating regulations with local Maritime Boating Officers and ran through the basic small outboard operation.

Facilitator Chris Jones from Boatsmart called the campus following the excursion to pass-on his congratulations all students who attended the program for their polite and courteous manner and said they were fantastic ambassadors for their college.