About the owner - Steve Lyons

Steve Lyons

Hi my name is +Steve Lyons, owner of BoatersBond.com™

I was born in Richmond (Lulu Island), BC, Canada and grew up in Steveston, a small fishing village in the southwest corner of the island with my parents and two older brothers.

My grandparents live close by and they have a summer cottage on an island along the beautiful BC coast. It is there, that our entire family have the pleasure of holidaying year after year. The island is a very special place and where I got my early start to water activities through boating and fishing with my Gramps.

While growing up and with the outdoors as my backyard, I was fortunate to have access to many sports including soccer, baseball, football, and skiing.

My hobbies include travelling, soccer, golf and of course - boating with my family and friends.

After high school, I attended college and then decided that travelling would be very educational and a better fit for me. Over the years I have travelled and backpacked over 20 countries, many by myself.

In fact, I don't believe I'd be where I am today if I hadn't ventured off alone.

With my travelling on hold in 2006, I packed my belongings and headed to Zama, an oil field hamlet in northwest Alberta that has a population of 50-100.

I worked very hard up there and on my time off, started my web publishing business and then launched BoatersBond.com™ a couple years after.

In 2009, I passed the boating exam and received my Canadian pleasure craft operator card.

However, even though I passed my exam, I got the feeling early on that the companies who sold the boat operator card exams - didn't care if I, or any other boaters passed the exam or even cared if we remembered what was on the exam.

The company only wanted my money for the exam! Buy the exam, buy the exam, buy the exam ... Things still haven't changed.

Maybe it's just me, but I think throwing the boating exam in boaters faces is a dangerous way to teach boaters. A little intimidating too.

That's why I'm going to change this backwards way of thinking, and concentrate on helping boaters study and remember their boating exam material instead.

In fact, boating can be dangerous on a calm day, so I strongly believe remembering what boaters learned on the study guide is more important than even passing the exam.

Honestly, what good is getting 100% on your exam, if you forget what you learned on the exam a week later?

With the new boating exam review - boaters will feel safe on the water forever.

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