Rinehardt Law - May 2021


STAYING SAFE ON THE WATER Courses for Experienced and Novice Boaters

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Before boating season kicks into high gear, consider taking a boating safety course.

Whether you are a novice boater or someone who has been on the water for years, you can always learn something new from a Safe Boating Course. Qualified volunteer organizations, such as the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron, and others, sponsor many courses, and many state boating agencies also provide classes. Courses cover many aspects of boating safety, including boat handling, reading the weather, and electronic navigation skills. The most popular basic courses generally have from 6–13 lessons to provide a foundation of operational and safety instruction. Best of all, you can mix and match the courses to suit your needs and can take the course from the comfort of home. There are also courses for more comprehensive and in-depth learning, building a natural progression of knowledge. The courses typically run 6–8 weeks. Ohio Boater Safety Course In Ohio, anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1982, must successfully complete a boater safety course approved by The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft to operate a motorized vessel with greater than 10 hp. Boaters are required to carry their boater education certificate as proof of boater education. Boating Safety for Kids The Spirit of America offers youth education programs for middle school-aged kids. Blending the fun of safe boating with educational opportunities, this unique program provides participants with experiential learning on the water. There are summer programs at the Vermillion River Reservation, Splash Zone in Oberlin, and at the Lorain Harbor Boat Club this summer in June and July.


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