ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A new downloadable BoatUS boating simulator, provided by the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, aims to use animation, simulation and video to aid boater education, according to a release from the group.
“Research shows that most people use visual cues when learning and when you combine it with active participation, comprehension and retention increase,” BoatUS Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner said in the release. “Simply put, you learn while you’re having a great time driving the boat.”
The simulator, which is operated with a keyboard, mouse and arrow keys, is free to download at BoatUS.com/Foundation/games.
“During the game’s voyage, players must use all of the tools at their disposal to navigate around aids to navigation as well as shallow water and other vessel traffic,” BoatUS reported in the release. “Along the way you could be penalized for violating speed zones, approaching too close to another vessel or navigating out of bounds.”
This is the third interactive video game offered by the BoatUS Foundation. The first two games, DockIt! and NavigateIt!, teach docking and navigation skills respectively.