Over the past few year’s the running conversation on social media and several different powerboat racing messages boards has all centered around the need to attract new member’s into the sport and while many would bicker back and forth across the different social media sites it appears that the results from this past weekend should finally silence any naysayers on the effectiveness of these programs.
APBA Drivers schools were held all over the country this past weekend with what appears to be a very successful outing for all involved. Julie Ann Sparrowgrove even chimes in on her Facebook Page stating that a new driver even purchased a boat at Pateros over the weekend.
I think it’s a safe bet to say from this point forward the number one most successful way to attract new members into the sport, is to hold a drivers school at your next event and watch the faces light up.
Robin Shane wrote the following:
“I think this past weekend was great for APBA. There were three events where new people were shown how to race. Pateros, WA had 5 people in their driving school. Kittanning, PA had 7 people in their driving school. Clayton, NY had 12 people and had a wait list for their driving school. That’s a lot of new excitement for this sport. I have to say that the smiles on these kids faces (even when they flip and come back to the dock to say “thank you that was awesome, can I do it again?” is what keeps me involved. As a FYI, I left the trailer in Clayton for the upcoming race at Crystal Lake. I want to thank everyone involved - especially The Historical Society for their support”
Kyle Bahl There was a fourth driver school last weekend at Eatonville wa, were 31 new people took rides in boats!
Julie Ann Sparrowgrove Jeff Bernard Brian Hajny Chris Fanaris andRegionTen PatrolandRescue.. and APBA welcomed 5 driver trainers at Pateros Hydro classic, driver number 3 bought A 5 liter this weekend at our race!!! This was a very exciting weekend for all of us!!!