Metro-East News

Boat safety class planned at Carlyle Lake

Flotilla 34 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary has scheduled an About Boating Safely class at the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center in the Dam West Recreation Area.

The classes are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, and Saturday, May 20.

During the course, instructors will cover general boating terms, boating laws and regulations, boating equipment, navigation rules, locks and dams, operating your vessel safely, anchoring, and personal watercraft, according to a news release.

The boating class will give participants knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification, the news release said. In Illinois, those born after Jan. 1, 1998 need to have a license or certification to pilot a boat.

The cost of the class is $20 and includes a book, a Boating Safely Certificate, a Boating Safely wallet card and end-of-course examination. There is a $5 fee for each additional person, after a book has been purchased, but it would include the certificate, wallet card and end of course examination.

To register contact Larry Miller FSO-PE or 618-616-9415. There must be 10 people registered to hold the class.