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Posted 3/8/2018

Release no. 18-018


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MOBILE, Ala. - Free personal watercraft and boating safety courses will be held at West Point Lake throughout the summer, with the first class scheduled for April 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Auxiliary Flotilla 08-01, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at West Point Project, will conduct the courses at the West Point Project Management Office. The course will provide information on legal requirements, navigation rules, preventing personal watercraft and boating accidents, and new boating laws.

Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.  For Alabama residents, this certificate will exempt them from taking the written exam when obtaining an Alabama boating license. This course meets Georgia’s law that requires completion of a safe boating course for persons born after Jan. 1, 1998 who wish to operate a personal watercraft or boat without adult supervision. 

Participants must register for the course through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website at www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com. The first 25 participants who sign up will be accepted for this course. Students will receive a free USACE Annual Day-Use Pass upon completion of the course. The courses will be held monthly through August at West Point Lake.