Boating safety classes filling up thanks to new law

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Boating safety courses in Louisiana are filling up with young boaters eager to learn.

They're there thanks to a state law passed last year which requires anyone born after January 1, 1984 who operates a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower, to pass a boating safety class. The class must be approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

Lake Charles Sail and Power Squadron holds about five basic boating safety classes each year.

On Saturday, about 15 students completed the course.

"Most of the young men and women we're teaching are fisherman and although they're just of age to be able to operate boats, we want them to operate boats safely," said Michael Richard, an education officer at Lake Charles Sail and Power Squadron. "We encourage both young men and women, their parents as well, to sit in on the class."

The classes are $10.

Richard said future classes will be announced at a later date.

For more information about the classes, call Ship to Shore at 474-0730.

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