2009-03-21 / News

Boating education course offered

BUCKEYE LAKE - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft will be offering an 8-hour Ohio Boating Education Course on Saturday, April 11, 2009. The class will be held at the Division of Watercraft Lake Office, 12048 Lancaster Street, Millersport, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Ohio Boating Education Course covers state and federal laws, navigational rules of the road, and basic boating safety practices. A $5.00 pre-paid fee covers the cot of materials and pre-registration is required.

This course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and meets Ohio's boating education requirement, which became effective January 1, 2000. The law requires anyone born on or after January 1, 1982, to successfully complete either NASBLA - approved boating course or a proficiency examination before operating a boat with greater than 10 horsepower. The course also may qualify boaters for a discount on boat owner's insurance.

Boaters who pass the course will receive a wallet card to show as valid proof of course completion.

Other lake area courses are:

• Saturday, May 2 at the Gander Mountain Sports Store, 2644 Taylor Station Road SW, Reynoldsburg, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Saturday, May 9 at the Division of Watercraft Buckeye Lake Office, 12408 Lancaster St., Millersport, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To register, contact the Division of Watercraft Alum Creek Field Office at 740-548-5490, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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