GetMyBoat, BoatEd and Dockwa Partner to Open Waterways Worldwide
Boat rental marketplace, boating safety certification, and slip booking innovators ease pain points for new boaters via marine partnership.
August 2016 — In an industry on the road to recovery from the recession, innovation is essential for attracting the next generation. New boaters seek simplicity when it comes to becoming certified, booking a boat, and reserving a slip. That innovation has arrived with a new partnership between the world’s largest boat rental marketplace, GetMyBoat, boating safety certification provider, Boat Ed®, and the marina reservation platform, Dockwa. The partnership aims to increase participation in recreational boating by reducing common barriers of first time boaters.
A 2014 report by the National Marine Manufacturers Association found that the number of boats used for recreational boating has fallen 11% since 2005—which means boaters have fewer places to turn when beginning the sport. According to the National Recreational Boating Survey released by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2012, 27% of U.S. residents operated or rode in a boat that year—but the average boater used their boat only 11 days per year. *
By joining resources, this partnership will make every aspect of boating easily accessible. In the past, booking a boat or getting certified required days, even months, of planning. GetMyBoat, BoatEd, and Dockwa are reducing the time spent in front of the computer or on the phone and giving boaters the world over the opportunity to organize right from their smartphone.
“We are utilizing technology to bring boating to everyone,” says Bryan Petro, COO of GetMyBoat. “This partnership enables our community to get educated and learn how to be safe on the water – an integral part of the community. By utilizing the tools that we all have at our fingertips, we are excited to partner with innovators that share our values and strive to make access to unique experiences easily available and affordable.”
With 60,000 boats in 169 countries, GetMyBoat allows users to browse their location for the perfect watercraft, connect with owners and book a boat rental or charter directly through the GetMyBoat app for Android or iOS. Using the app, GetMyBoat has reduced the time it takes to book a boat from months on end to 24 hours or less. The startup also enables local boat owners to list and rent out their private watercraft as part of the sharing economy.
“There is just so much about boating to enjoy, whether that means going paddling in a canoe, fishing at the lake, or cruising the coast with your family. It’s our goal to encourage more people to spend more time embracing those opportunities,” said Jason Alexander, Boat Ed CEO. Boat Ed works with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and state agencies to offer online boating safety certifications. Boat Ed also produces the Boat America student manual used to teach in-person classes throughout the U.S.
Boaters can use Dockwa, a free site and app for marina reservations, to discover, reserve, and securely pay for slips and moorings at hundreds of marinas throughout the U.S. and Caribbean. Those marinas in turn use Dockwa to manage reservation requests and communicate directly with each boater.
“It’s fantastic to align ourselves with more marine industry innovators such as Boat Ed and GetMyBoat, and to see the overwhelming support from boaters and marine professionals alike,” said Dockwa CEO Mike Melillo. “We’re thrilled to partner with two of the leaders in the marine industry to expand on Dockwa’s mission to increase access to boating for all.”
With the ability to book a boat, get certified and have slip fees taken care of — all from your mobile device — new boaters need only to bring the sunblock and pack their boating bag. Together, these companies are reviving the marine industry by putting the power to strengthen and grow the community in the hands (and smartphone) of every boater.
*The 2012 report is the most recent data available, but more recent observations by the partner organizations support the findings.
GetMyBoat is changing the way the world goes boating by powering the largest boat rental marketplace. With over 60,000+ boats in 169 countries and 7,100 locations, there is an experience for new boaters and seasoned sailors alike. Launched in San Francisco in 2013, GetMyBoat empowers owners of every type of watercraft, from kayaks and sailboats to powerboats and yachts, to post their watercraft for rent or charter. From California to Croatia, our users can search, find and book their dreamboat. Go Ahead, Make Waves. Visit http://www.getmyboat.com for more information.
About Boat Ed
Kalkomey Enterprises, LLC, parent company of Boat Ed, is the official provider of recreational safety education materials for all 50 states, as well as Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. Our print and Internet courses have been providing official safety certification since 1995. We provide safety courses in boating, hunting, bowhunting, and operating off-road vehicles and snowmobiles. For more information, visit http://www.kalkomey.com
Founded in May 2015, Dockwa is an award-winning marina operations platform which connects boaters to marinas in real time, online, and by app. Boaters download the free iOS or Android app or log in online and then search, explore, reserve and pay for their reservations in a matter of minutes. Marinas then use the Dockwa platform to confirm the reservation, collect payment, and deposit the customer’s information into their intelligent database with a single click. Headquartered in Newport, RI, Dockwa rapidly expanded along the Eastern Seaboard in its first year with a growing marina network of more than 400 marinas and more than 20,000 boaters. Dockwa is now expanding into the Great Lakes region, the West Coast and beyond. For more information, visit: https://dockwa.com.