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Boating Safety

New Licensing Laws for Virginia Boaters

The state of Virginia has passed legislation requiring all Virginia boaters to complete boater education classes. These requirements will be phased in over an eight year period and are outlined below.

You need a boater education class by the given dates if:

  • You are a personal watercraft operator 20 and younger by July 1, 2009.
  • You are a personal watercraft operator 35 and younger by July 1, 2010.
  • You are personal watercraft operator 50 and younger or a motorboat operator 20 and younger by  July 1, 2011.
  • All personal watercraft operators and motorboat operators 30 and younger by July 1, 2012.
  • You are a motorboat operator 40 and younger by July 1, 2013.
  • You are a motorboat operator 45 and younger by July 1, 2014.
  • You are a motorboat operator 50 and younger by July 1, 2015.
  • All motorboat operators must have a class by July 1, 2016.

For Schedule of Boat Safety Classes  and Other Useful Imformation see below:

Usefull Links:

Power and Sail Squadron Smith Mountain Lake, VA

Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81, 5SR

 

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We are looking for fun people who love boating and Smith Mountain Lake! If you are interested in giving time to the SMLBA come to our Wednesday night meetings. We meet at Mangos Bar and Grill, located at 16430 Booker T Washington Hwy, Moneta, VA 24121, every second Wednesday of each month at 6pm. We are growing and need the support of our members.

Any and all talents are appreciated!

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