Boatsetter Launches Boater Training Program

Boatsetter, a leading peer-to-peer boat rental platform in the U.S., announced it has more than 50,000 boat listings available for rent in more than 700 locations.

Since commercially launching in 2014, Boatsetter has grown steadily in support of its mission to provide boating and on-the-water experiences for everyone, everywhere. Through its online platform and mobile applications, the company connects qualified renters, local boat owners, and licensed captains. The company has a diverse and high-quality inventory of boats for rent with more than 20,000 makes and models—including different styles and sizes, with the smallest boat for rent measuring just 8 feet in length, to the largest at 895 feet.

In the last six months, Boatsetter has seen increased interest in some of the country’s most popular lake locations, such as Lake Tahoe, Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Travis, and Lake Havasu. The number of fishing boats and fishing charters listed on Boatsetter has also increased 140 percent year-over-year, with 93 percent growth in the aluminum fishing boat category (primarily used in freshwater locations).

As a champion to make on-water experiences more accessible for all, the company has launched Boatsetter Academy, a first-of-its-kind, free beginner’s boating course, dedicated to teaching new boaters about the fundamentals of operating a boat.

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This complimentary two-hour, hands-on experience is designed for first-time boaters to build confidence and gain familiarity with the basics of boating. Participants will take the helm for the first time, with support and guidance from a United States Coast Guard Certified Captain, providing expert instruction on proper boating techniques and how to actually operate a vessel—putting into practice immediately what participants are learning.

Boatsetter Academy is the only hands-on, on-water course of its kind that’s offered for free in the United States. It is currently offered in San Diego, Manhattan, and Miami. Future academies will take place in Seattle, Chicago, Washington D.C., Austin, Tampa, Dallas and Los Angeles.