New Distance-Learning Options for the Marine Industry

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This summer, readers of Professional BoatBuilder magazine have several options to go beyond the printed page to improve their marine-industry skills. Not only do they have access to the company's ProBoat E-Training online courses, but they can also tune in to an Internet radio program each Tuesday as well as a Thursday afternoon text-based Q & A session.

Professional BoatBuilder magazine's distance learning component has steadily grown over the past several years, and now includes courses on marine interior design and installing electrical systems, as well as classes on gelcoat, flotation, propeller selection, and marine surveying.

"We've now updated our online training course on mastering Rhino 3-D software for marine designers," said Barbara Jean Walsh, ProBoat E-Training Manager. "Our instructor, Cliff Estes, will continue to revise it as students ask for new information. That's one of the great things about working with online materials. We are not tied into a text book that can only be revised once a year at the most."

The new Rhino course will be open to students starting Sunday, July 12, 2009.

"We look forward to adding many more short courses as instructors become available," said Walsh. "This current economy may be a good opportunity for people to think about sharing their skills online so that we will have a well-equipped workforce ready to take on new challenges in the future."

To view the course catalog, go to http://ProBoatE-Training.pbworks.com.

In addition, PBB has also just launched its own Internet radio show which airs every Tuesday morning at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time. "Our first guest was GRP Guru Andre Cocquyt," said Walsh. "Next week we will have John McKnight from the National Marine Manufacturers Association with us to talk about ethanol and marine engines. And the week after that, we'll have the owners of Chesapeake Marine Railway on the air to discuss the innovative things they are doing at their boatyard."

A companion piece to the radio show is "ProBoat Live Q & A" which gives participants an opportunity to discuss a variety of industry issues with the magazine's publisher Carl Cramer in a text-based environment. This will take place every Thursday afternoon starting at 1:00 p.m.

Access to all of these programs is readily available through the magazine's website, http://www.ProBoat.com.

Professional BoatBuilder magazine is the world's leading trade magazine for the marine industry, and is written and edited for boatbuilders, repairers, designers, and surveyors. Professional BoatBuilder founded IBEX in 1992, and has been partners with NMMA in its ownership and production since 2003.

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