ODNR Offers Boating Education Course


ODNR Parks and Watercraft will be offering the Ohio Boating Education Course, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 4th, at the Scioto County Field Office.

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The course is free to take. This eight-hour course, developed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks & Watercraft, includes Ohio boating laws, safety equipment, accident prevention, and operating rules. This course meets Ohio’s boating education requirement which went into effect January 1st, 2000.

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Ohio’s boating education regulation requires anyone born on or after January 1st, 1982, to show proof of completing an approved boating safety course or proficiency test before operating a boat more than 10 horsepower. The certificate of completion of this classroom course is recognized nationwide and meets boating education requirements in all fifty states and Canada.

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Boaters interested in taking this course may register by calling the Scioto County Field Office at 740-353-7668. For information on additional course listings that meet the boating education requirement, contact the Division of Parks & Watercraft toll-free at 1-877-4BOATER or visit the course search feature on their web site at watercraft.ohiodnr.gov.


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