MARBLEHEAD, Mass. - RIBCRAFT, a leading builder of rigid inflatable boats for first responders such as military agencies and yacht clubs, today announced that it will provide complimentary small boat operator training to professional customers who order a RIBCRAFT rescue RIB during the month of April. The program was announced in a press release from the company.

According to the release, rescue boat operations in rough seas, strong winds, and along rocky shorelines are a challenge even to experienced and well-trained crews. When the urgency of a response combines with the skill needed to maneuver a vessel alongside people in the water, recreational boating experience is often insufficient to safely operate a rescue craft.

"The safety of our customers is of paramount importance to all of us at RIBCRAFT", said Matthew Velluto, RIBCRAFT's director of marketing. "We recognize that many first responders, though experienced safety professionals, have little to no boat handling experience. It is essential and only natural to provide our new customers with means to necessary training to operate their new rescue RIB so that in an emergency, the rescuers don't have to be the rescued."

RIBCRAFT has partnered with professional instructors to provide proper training to first responders, yacht clubs, and federal agencies who order a RIBCRAFT in April. Training will be tailored to the organization's application, but will focus on basic boat handling and operation.

For more information on this program, please contact RIBCRAFT at 866.RIBS.USA.