Vickie Waller, Founder

Naturally, people want to go boating, but newcomers often need help to learn the ropes effectively. There is simply a need for more available instructors and courses to get you on the water to learn how.

Vickie Waller, the Founder of SaferBoater, saw this market gap and found the solution - building a boater education school. Students can quickly jump behind the wheel of a boat and gain the skills and knowledge necessary to manage their own boat confidently.

This creative problem-solving is nothing new for Vickie. For more than 30 years and with 700 graduates from an entrepreneurship program, she has helped businesses in a broad spectrum of industries expand their thinking and increase profits. Her enthusiastic leadership has benefited many companies, including PepsiCo, Arby's, Bed Bath and Beyond, and EZWaves.

After launching the SaferBoater training program in Charleston, the organization expanded nationwide and grew the instructor network from 4 to over 300 in the last year. Now entering its second full year and with more than 300 program graduates, this non-profit is poised to have an even more significant impact on boating safety nationwide.

Education :

  • Certified Economic Development Finance Professional & FastTrac Facilitator
  • Master of Management & Strategy
  • Bachelor of Science, Marketing & Economics - Charleston Southern University