Learning Online. Living Outdoors: How online courses are bringing outdoor safety to millions
Abstract: Learning about outdoor activities doesn’t sound like something to be done indoors. But over the last decade, online education has become one of the most important ways that government agencies ensure their citizens are equipped with the knowledge to safely take part in activities such as boating, hunting and snowmobiling. Courses like BOATERexam.com, developed by Fresh Air Educators, allow boaters to take state-approved safety courses online and obtain the necessary certifications to legally operate a watercraft. By working closely with organizations like the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), Fresh Air Educators has been able to develop courses that meet rigorous education and testing standards, and are also fun to take. The result has been a huge growth of boating safety certifications across North America.