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Jim Justice, Governor
Stephen S. McDaniel, Director

News Release: March 22, 2017


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“Spring Aboard” — Boaters urged to get educated before boating season

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section, in partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), encourages boaters to enroll in a boating education course before the kickoff of the boating season. WVDNR is participating in the “Spring Aboard” — Take A Boating Education Course national campaign through March 25, 2017.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics indicate that 80 percent of boating deaths, where the level of operator education was known, occurred on boats where the operator had never received boating education instruction.

“To be a safe boater, you have to be educated. These Boater Education courses are vital to promoting a safer, more enjoyable day on the water. In addition, a ‘Sober Skipper’ is a safer boater,” said Col. Jerry B. Jenkins, Chief of the DNR Law Enforcement Section.

Forty-nine states and U.S. territories require proof of completion of a boating education course of some powered vessels. In West Virginia, all persons born after Dec. 31, 1986, must complete a boating education course before operating a motorboat in the state. For a summary of West Virginia’s regulations and available Boater Education courses, visit www.wvdnr.gov.

The WVDNR Law Enforcement section offers both online courses and in-class courses, which are taught by experienced Boater Education instructors and Natural Resources Police Officers.

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Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce Boating safety courses are now available through the Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce Boating safety courses are now available through the Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.