Boating basics course offered to children ages 12-15
Boat owners are reminded that children ages 12-15 who want to operate a boat or personal watercraft alone this summer must take the state’s boating basics course.
State law requires youngsters ages 12-15 must pass the course before they operate a boat or personal watercraft with at least a 10-horsepower motor by themselves. In addition, some insurance companies give adult boat owners who pass the course a discount on boat insurance.
The course is available for home-study from the Game and Fish Department’s Bismarck office. Two commercial providers also offer the course online, and links to those sites are found on the department’s website at gf.nd.gov.
While the home-study course is free, students will be charged a fee to take it online. The online provider charges for the course, not the Game and Fish Department. The fee stays with the online provider.
Upon completion of the online test, and providing a credit card number, students will be able to print out a temporary certification card, and within 10 days a permanent card will be mailed.
The course covers legal requirements, navigation rules, getting underway, accidents and special topics, such as weather, rules of the road, laws, life saving and first aid.
For more information, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 701-328-6300.
Game and Fish reminds parents of first catch certificate
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is reminding parents to capture their little angler’s first catch on a specially designed first fish certificate.
There are no qualifying weights or measurements. The only requirement is the successful landing of a North Dakota fish. Certificates are available to all who request them and have ample room for all the important information, such as name, age, lake and a short fish story, plus a blank space for a photograph.
Free certificates are available by contacting the Game and Fish Department at 701-328-6300 or send an email to email@example.com.
Missouri River Splash safety day slated for May 17
The Missouri River Splash — a recreation and boating safety event — will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. May 17 in Mandan at Moritz Sport and Marine. Displays, hands-on activities, demonstrations, regulations, registrations and prizes are included.
The event is free, and people of all ages are invited to attend.
-- Compiled from press releases and staff reports