State boating safety course offered in Shell Knob

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla of Shell Knob will offer a Missouri-approved boating safety course on Saturday, Feb. 10.

The Missouri Boater Education Law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2005. The law states that any person born after Jan. 1, 1984, must pass a boater education course, approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), before legally operating a motorized vessel.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary course, which is designed to teach basic boating skills, is approved by the NASBLA and recognized in both Arkansas and Missouri.

The course is open to all boat and personal watercraft operators, regardless of skill level. Each person, who successfully completes the course, will receive a safe boating identification card from the Missouri State Water Patrol.

Pre-registration is required the Coast Guard Auxiliary boating safety course. Individuals are asked to arrive in time to register before the class begins.

The course will be held on the lower level of the Shell Knob Library from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 10. For more information, call Mary Horvath, flotilla vice commander and public education officer, at 417-858-2714 or e-mail

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