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Thrill Craft, Tow-in Training at UH Maui College

December 17, 2018, 9:19 AM HST
* Updated December 17, 9:29 AM
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With winter surf rolling in, the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College is offering two upcoming consecutive thrill craft and ocean safety training certification classes.

On Saturday Dec. 22, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., students will learn about local ocean safety principles and practices; historical, cultural, and customary practices of Hawai‘i’s ocean users; and rules regarding protected species and thrill craft operation in Hawai‘i.

On Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., students will learn about the legal and regulatory requirements for persons who participate in the sport of tow-in surfing in Hawaiʻi; risk management principles; local ocean safety principles and practices; rules and laws pertaining to protected species in ocean waters in Hawaiʻi; and boating skills as they apply to the sport of tow-in surfing.

Effective January 2005, all recreational thrill craft (personal watercraft) operators must complete the Thrill Craft certification class on the safe use and operation of a thrill craft, and for tow-in surfing, operators must also complete the Ocean Safety Tow-in course.

Register for Recreational Thrill Craft Operators Safety Course, course # FIT8110 and Ocean Safety Tow-In Course, course # FIT8100. Cost is $125 for each course. Online boating safety course is a pre-requisite for both courses. Sign up online at or call (808) 984-3231 for more info.

Photo courtesy of UH Maui College.

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