Are you self-rescue ready?
A dynamic, thought-provoking introduction and overview of inflatable pontoon boat navigation, peripheral equipment, and safety that will not only cover the basics of inflatable pontoon use but will also open your eyes to circumstances you may never have considered that might challenge you at some point.
Learn the details of inflatable pontoon boat operation, navigating rivers, and recreating on lakes in a classroom environment that encourages question and answer interaction. Discussion comes alive with rare interior videos underlying the beauty, hazards and power of rivers.
Lone Pine State Park (Visitor Center)
300 Lone Pine RD.
Kalispell, MT 59901
Date:April 5, 2014
Time:11:00AM - 12:00PM
Amy Grout - Park Manager
Visit: Lone Pine State Park
Boating education events offered free to the public. Contact the Montana State Park Manager's or Montana Boat Education Coordinator for details.
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (New Visitor Center)
25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Rd.
Whitehall, MT 59759
Date:May 23, 2014
Time:8:00PM - 9:00PM
Lynette Kemp -
Rhea K. Armstrong -
Nearest Montana River: Jefferson River
Darrell and Laura Bushard tell NBC Montana they took the class to get more acquainted with their new pontoon boat. The couple had a nerve-wracking experience on the North Fork last year that left them with some concerns about floating, but Lewis was able to give them a better perspective. "You know it's just a Class I boat," said Darrell. "It didn't really dawn on us whether the Class I boats should only go in Class I water. If you go in Class II or Class III water you're going to be in trouble."
"Since the Float Smart seminar at Lone Pine State Park, I now have an extra oar and locks, oar tethers, whistle, patch kit and oar guides...I feel safer on the water. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in Personal pontoon recreation." - Stephen Weih, Whitefish, Montana
"That was the emphasis of the course to provide those 'how to's,' like what to bring--safety equipment, a whistle which is a valuable thing to save someone's life. You may never use it but it's that one time you need to use it that's important," beginning boater Lelend "Wally" Walbruch said. - KPAX News, Missoula, Montana
"I very much enjoyed as well as learned from this class." - J KickBusch, Coram, Montana
"Thank you for such a great class. You have given me the tools and confidence to get my boat back on the water after a two year break after a scary experience." - Sal Scrano, Billings, Montana
Montana Wild - FWP - Visitor Center
2668 Broadwater avenue
Helena, MT 59602
Date: May 1, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30PM
Liz Lodman - Montana Boat
Nearest Montana River: Missouri River