Free class to teach boater safety in Cranberry
Instructors from Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission will be offering its free Basic Boating safety course in two evening sessions, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm on Monday and Tuesday, May 11 and 12 in Cranberry’s Municipal Center. Those who attend both sessions and successfully pass the exam become eligible to apply for the Commission’s Boating Safety Education Certificate – a requirement both for anyone who operates a personal watercraft and for those born after 1981 who operate motorboats with 25 horsepower or more in Commonwealth waters.
The classroom course, which is taught by Commission employees and certified volunteer instructors, does not involve the hands-on use of boats. The course presents information on boating safety in six chapters designed to reduce the risk of injury on the water followed by a 50-question multiple-choice test. A passing grade of 80% is required to qualify for certification. Instructors will provide all course materials.
The course is free of charge, although a $10 fee to the Commission is required to receive a Boating Safety Education Certificate once the course has been completed and the exam is passed.
Advance registration is required by May 4. Registration for Boater Safety, course # 29688, is available online www.cranberrytownship.org/register, by phone at 724-779-4 FUN (4386), or in person at the Parks & Recreation Customer Service Desk in the Cranberry Township Municipal Center.
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