Freedom Boat Club, the largest and oldest boat club in North America, is celebrating and promoting National Safe Boating Week May 20 – 27 with a variety of initiatives designed to raise awareness of boating safety. Freedom Boat Club in Jacksonville and St. Augustine are proud to be part of this nationwide campaign.
To kick off the campaign, our local team members joined Freedom Boat Club employees throughout the US and Canada and sported life jackets on the job on Monday, May 22. In addition, our local team spread the word through specially designed Freedom Boat Club National Safe Boating Week posters and a boating safety social meme that was distributed on multiple platforms.
Freedom Boat Club has also partnered with and adopted the Sea Tow Foundation’s “Designated Skipper” program where its members take a pledge at the dock to respect the legal drinking age, take responsibility for passengers and to designate an observer and a sober skipper. Boaters can visit the designatedskipper.com website to join the initiative and “Take the Pledge.”
“We are very pleased to join our national franchise network in advocating for boating safety,” said Lisa Almeida, owner of Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville. “Boating safety is a major mission of Freedom Boat Club 365 days a year.”
In 2016 alone, Freedom Boat Club members took more than 180,000+ trips throughout North America. The company includes mandatory boater education and training as part of its membership package, taught by licensed Coast Guard Captains. Members enjoy free, unlimited training throughout the duration of their membership.
“We invite the community to come and learn about our safe boating and membership programs,” added Almeida. “Our goal is to not only provide affordable alternatives to get people on the water, but to make sure they are educated about boating safety so they are confident on the water.”
ABOUT FREEDOM BOAT CLUB
Freedom Boat Club, headquartered in Venice, FL., is the nation’s oldest and largest boat club with 130 locations in 23 states and Canada. The club services 15,000 members and sports a fleet of 1,500 boats. Freedom Boat Club has locations locally at Julington Creek Marina in Jacksonville and Camachee Cove Marina in St. Augustine. Members have unlimited access to the home club’s fleet and member privileges are also available at any of the Freedom Boat Club franchises throughout the United States and Canada. Each provides a fleet of boats that come with less stress and a lower price tag than owning a single boat. Freedom Boat Club offers a variety of membership plans. For more information, visit freedomboatclub.com.