Virginia Boating Safety Education Classroom Course
Galax, Virginia 24333
Materials and instruction are free of charge. A $5.00 facility fee is charged by the recreation department. BRING A PENCIL, A HIGHLIGHTER, AND YOUR LUNCH. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Only registered participants are allowed in the classroom area. Pre-registration is required.
This course is recommended for motivated students 12 years of age and older with good reading and comprehension skills who want to learn more about the fundamentals of safe and responsible boating. Course materials are on a 6th grade reading level. A typical Boater Education Course lasts 6-8 hours with exam time depending on the class location and instructor.In 2007, the Virginia General Assembly enacted a law to establish a boating safety education compliance requirement. This requirement has been phased in over the past several years; and by July 1, 2016, all operators (regardless of age) of PWCs (personal watercraft such as jet skis, Sea Doos, and Wave Runners) and operators (regardless of age) of motorboats with a motor of 10 horsepower or greater will be required to have a boating safety education course completion card on board when operating a PWC or motorboat.This course will enable you to become a safe boater who: Topics covered include: