Conference to train marine tech trainers expected to draw a multi-national crowd

The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) will host its inaugural Marine Service Technology Educator Training Conference from July 23-25 at the Hornor Maritime Center in Annapolis, Maryland.

The three-day conference, aimed at marine tech instructors and school administrators interested in marine technology programs, aims to enhance the knowledge, delivery and support of marine tech instructors. A wide range of presentations cover topics such as the evolution of technical education, shop stocking, creating and managing a curriculum advisory committee, the ABYC school curriculum, the Evinrude outboard program and using hands-on training aids. Networking opportunities outside of the classrooms include a full slate of social events and a customised tour of Annapolis waterways.

“This is the first of what we hope will become an annual event to support instructors who can make or break the future of boating. In order to have great boating, you have to have great boats, well-built and well repaired,” says ABYC executive director, Margaret Podlich. “These are the people who are going to get the next generation focused, trained, and running into our industry.”

Several sponsors have jumped in to support the Conference including Evinrude, PowerProducts, Imtra, NMEA, Safe Harbor Marinas and West Marine PRO.

Conference registration is US$599 for ABYC members and $699 for non-members, and includes breakfasts, lunches and evening social events. For more information on the conference, visit