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US Power Squadrons Demonstration of Virtual Trainer at MDCE Orlando FL

At the Marine Dealer Conference and Exhibition (MDCE) this year in Orlando I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Herndon. She was talking to a lot of dealers and attendees at the show about the US Power Squadrons latest project – the Virtual Trainer. It’s the result of a grant, the first of its kind and a really neat way to practice/learn how to drive a recreational power boat.

The Virtual Trainer has 9 exercises, is multi-lingual (Spanish and French). You’ll be departing the dock on a 20′ Boston Whaler with a real mercury marine throttle. There are posed exercises to be used with an instructor to help with rules of the road, docking exercises, mooring, navigational, plus more.

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Comments (4)

Lisa HerndonJanuary 27th, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Robin, thank you so much for posting and sharing this important information on the new Boating Skills Virtual Trainer! This is a great overview to see if this trainer might be right for someone wanting to hone their boating skills before getting behind the helm.

robingJanuary 27th, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Lisa, I’m glad I got the opportunity to try the Virtual Trainer out. I think it will help a lot, especially for new power boaters and the “older” sail boaters who are looking at changing over to a power boat.

Tom BrinckaFebruary 1st, 2015 at 4:49 pm

The link above for “more information” on the Virtual Trainer should be all lower case:

robingFebruary 1st, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Hi Tom,

It’s been fixed!


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