Online survey aims to draw women to boating

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – BoatU.S., has posted a 15-question survey online to learn more about how women get started in recreational boating, the recreational boating advocacy organization said in a release this week.

The survey, posted at, asks women about their boat training and educational experiences. The association said it hopes to share the information in an effort to spur more women to take up boating.

“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 water sports.

“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.”

Dickinson said it is hoped the results can also aid boating educators to tailor their teaching techniques to today’s more diverse would-be boaters.

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