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Lake Murray boat lessons
Safer Boater

The goal of the Carolina Boating Academy / Safer Boater is to provide hands-on training on your boat.

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Meet Our Instructors

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Master Captain Tyler Ryan

Master Captain Tyler Ryan is a United States Coast Guard Licensed Master Boat Charter Captain.  Captain Ty has 30 + years of boating experience, including operating a boat charter business professionally for several years.

Captain Ty has served as an Adjunct  Instructor for The University of South Carolina Boating and Sailing program, as well as an instructor for jet skiing, and paddle sports.

Captain Ty is also a Master SCUBA Diver, and is a Rescue & Recovery Diver for the Newberry County Water Rescue Dive Team, serving as a recovery diver and Topside Commander.

In addition to providing private lessons, Captain Tyler also teaches at Freedom Boat Club and the Nautical Boat Club.

Captain Tyler's Certifications and Credentials include:

  • United States Coast Guard Master Merchant Mariner (Captain)

  • US Powerboating Powerboat Instructor

  • US Powerboating Safety and Rescue Instructor

  • NASBLA Endorsed Boating Instructor

  • BoatUS Foundation Certified Boating Instructor

  • Master SCUBA Diver

  • SafeSport Certified

  • CPR / First Aid Certified

  • Basic Life Saver

  • Class One South Carolina Law Enforcement Officer

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Master Captain Rick "Hook" Crout

Master Captain Rick "Hook" Crout is a United States Coast Guard Licensed Boat Charter Captain.  Captain Hook has 30 + years of boating experience, including operating a boat charter business professionally for several years.

In addition to experience in smaller boats, Captain Hook is versed in operation of larger tour boats, water taxis, and various other vessels along the coast, and open sea.

Captain Hook also a Commercial Airline Pilot, having owned and operated an airplane brokerage, and currently is a concierge pilot for private jet clients.


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Master Captain Rick Crout
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Learn to Drive Your Boat

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    Here is out it works:

The Carolina Boating Academy, powered by Safer Boater, will train you on YOUR vessel or one in our fleet.

We will provide hands-on training and develop your skills:

  • Full Formal Classroom Program

  • Basic Maintenance

  • Basic Operation in Open Water

  • Navigation Principals 

  • Marina Operation

  • Nighttime Operation

  • Loading and Unloading from Trailer

  • Backing and Driving with Trailer

  • Bad Weather Operation

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