Sunday, April 14, 2013

Anticipation and Academics

Now that my seventeen year old son has studied for the Florida Boater's Safety Test and shown his photo I.D., he is off to take the exam for temporary boating license. He still can't believe he is actually taking a test on Spring Break! Puh-lease! It is 25 questions, multiple choice and covers basic rules of the water. Everyone from 16 to 25 must have either a NASBLA Approved Boaters Card or take the temporary and pass before they drive a PWC (i.e. personal watercraft, waverunner, jet ski). Everyone would know that if they had taken the exam. 😉 He finds a spot in the shade on the Hobie Wave Sailboat to get to work. Not a bad classroom setting I say!
Ten minutes later he returns to the booth after he sailed through the test and he now awaits grading time. A few short seconds later he receives an almost perfect score, reviews it to see which ones he missed and becomes an official, legal PWC driver.
Time for me to fill out the waiver to rent the craft and do my most important job this afternoon. Whip out the wallet and pay up. Prices are quite reasonable and the kid's excitement is building by the minute. The kid's are sized up for jackets and all of us possible drivers are taken over for an instructional lesson. Time to listen up and watch the demo. Last step before feeling the freedom of the open water and all of the possibilities it brings with it.

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