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Boating safety courses offered

As the weather warms, more watercraft will take to area lakes, thus increasing the opportunity for injuries and property damage.
In order to make local waterways safer, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is joining with other organizations in offering a course on safe boat and personal watercraft operation.
The Boat Virginia Spring 2009 Series course will be held Saturday, March 28 at The Water’s Edge meeting facility in the State Park at Claytor Lake. The class begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m., with a one-hour break for lunch.
Topics to be addressed include choosing the right boat, boat hulls, motors, legal requirements, navigation rules, cruising, docking, anchoring, knots, accidents, alcohol safety, fire on board, weather, trailering, navigation, water sports, and personal watercraft.
Instruction, text books, and supplies are free. However, participants are asked to bring a soft lead pencil.
In addition to receiving a wallet card showing successful completion of the class, each graduate also is registered with the DGIF Education Division in Richmond.
The course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and is recognized by the Coast Guard.
Instructors are certified by DGIF. Most major insurance companies endorse the course and allow insurance premium discounts to graduates.
To register, contact Conrad Brothers Marine at (540) 980-1575.
In addition to DGIF, the course is sponsored by United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 83, Galax Department of Parks and Recreation, Pulaski Department of Parks and Recreation, and Claytor Lake State Park

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Boating safety courses offered

As the weather warms, more watercraft will take to area lakes, thus increasing the opportunity for injuries and property damage.
In order to make local waterways safer, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is joining with other organizations in offering a course on safe boat and personal watercraft operation.
The Boat Virginia Spring 2009 Series course will be held Saturday, March 28 at The Water’s Edge meeting facility in the State Park at Claytor Lake. The class begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m., with a one-hour break for lunch.
Topics to be addressed include choosing the right boat, boat hulls, motors, legal requirements, navigation rules, cruising, docking, anchoring, knots, accidents, alcohol safety, fire on board, weather, trailering, navigation, water sports, and personal watercraft.
Instruction, text books, and supplies are free. However, participants are asked to bring a soft lead pencil.
In addition to receiving a wallet card showing successful completion of the class, each graduate also is registered with the DGIF Education Division in Richmond.
The course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and is recognized by the Coast Guard.
Instructors are certified by DGIF. Most major insurance companies endorse the course and allow insurance premium discounts to graduates.
To register, contact Conrad Brothers Marine at (540) 980-1575.
In addition to DGIF, the course is sponsored by United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 83, Galax Department of Parks and Recreation, Pulaski Department of Parks and Recreation, and Claytor Lake State Park

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