As you can lean from my book 100 Lessons for Drone Hobby, affordable, high performance consumer drones are becoming mainstream and it is not surprising that boating organizations are buying and using drones. Drones are being used in a variety of ways, such as instructors filming students junior sailing programs, coaches for improving race performance, race committees to judge races, footage used to promote the club to attract new members, filming of club races to share with members and promote the fleet, and filming of development projects to share status updates with members, just to name a few.

However, before launching a drone program at your boating organization, we recommend that you first gain an understanding of the related FAA regulations, insurance implications, industry requirements, and safety best practices.

Drones 4 Boating will provide you all you need to know to operate a drone for your boating organization. Here you will find:

  • Help selecting the Right Drone
  • Regulations and Certifications
  • Places to Get Training
  • Image Processing
  • Insurance Issues
  • Help Writing Policies and Operating Procedures
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Resources, Including FAA Rules on Drones and Limitations on Local Rules

Drones 4 Boating is managed by Skylark Drone Research, a member of US Sailing. Insurance information was provided by the leading sailing insurance company, Gowrie Insurance.