COLUMBUS – Boating season is just around the corner! During the week of March 17-23, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) are encouraging boaters to Spring Aboard by enrolling in a boating education course.
“Education is key to having a safe and enjoyable day on the water,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “Spring is an excellent time to take a boater education class for anyone who will spend time on a boat this summer.”
A boating safety course provides critical information to prepare both new and veteran boaters for the potential risks faced while boating. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, statistics show that when the level of operator education was known, 81 percent of boating deaths occurred on boats where the boat operator had never received boating education instruction.
In Ohio, a boater education course is required for anyone operating a boat over 10 horsepower who was born on or after Jan. 1, 1982. Ohio’s boater requirement can be met by taking and passing an approved boating education course (classroom, online or home study), or by taking and passing a proficiency exam. For a summary of Ohio’s regulations and available courses, go to watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/coursesearch.
Take advantage of the free classroom courses being offered around the state on Saturday, March 23:
• Central Ohio – Alum Creek State Park, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Call 740-548-5490 to reserve your place.