Ohio Boating Education Courses planned in 2010

December 15, 2009

Three day-long Ohio Boating Education Courses have been scheduled at Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) lakes next spring.


The course is required for anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1982, who plans to operate a boat with more than 10 horsepower, but provides excellent information and instruction for boaters of all ages, said MWCD Lake Ranger Shawn Tharp.


Classes are planned from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following dates and at the following locations:


March 27 – Atwood Lake Park Activity Center, 4956 Shop Rd. NE, New Cumberland area.

April 17 – Pleasant hill Lake Park Activity Center, 3431 Rt. 95, Perrysville.

May 15 – Tappan Lake Park, 84000 Mallarnee Rd., Cadiz.


The Ohio Boating Education Course covers required equipment, state and federal boating laws, and rules of the water, Tharp said. A $5 pre-paid fee covers the cost of materials and certification.


To register or for additional details, contact Tharp by calling (330) 343-6780 Ext. 2317 or via e-mail at stharp@mwcd.org.


Successful completion of the course may qualify boaters for a discount on boat owner’s insurance. Boaters who pass the course will receive a wallet card to show as valid proof of course completion.


The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Basin, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the reservoirs (including Atwood Lake) and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving more than $7 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government. The MWCD also operates numerous outdoor recreational facilities on its 54,000 acres of water and land space, most of which is open for public access.


For more information about the MWCD, visit www.mwcd.org.


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