New law brings people to boating classes

New law brings people to boating class

DENVER, NC (WBTV) - Boat owners and lake enthusiasts filled a classroom for a class on boating safety Saturday at the Denver Volunteer Fire Department.

The classes, which are approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, are conducted by The Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron. Since 2010, NC Law has required any person born on or after January 1st, 1988 to have successfully completed a NASBLA approved boating education course before operating any vessel propelled by a motor of 10 HP or greater. Those who attend the classes get a thorough lesson regarding the rules of the water.

Upon passing the exam, students receive a diploma and a laminated ID card. Graduates are entitled to attend a free Introduction to Navigation class, offered in September 2014.

The classes fill up quickly, averaging nearly 200 attendees per month. Advanced registration is required at

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