Boating safety classes offered

04/01/2014 9:12 AM

04/01/2014 9:12 AM

The highway patrol will be offering free certified boating safety classes in the coming months — three in Independence and one in Smithville.

The dates, all Saturdays, and locations:

• April 26: Truman High School, 3301 S. Noland Road, Independence.

• May 10: Bass Pro, 18001, Bass Pro Drive, Independence.

• May 17: Jerry Litton Visitor Center, 16311 DD Hwy North, Smithville.

• June 14: Bass Pro, 18001, Bass Pro Drive, Independence.

The training will last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and students must be present to meet requirements for the boating safety card, which they can purchase for $15 after they pass the course.

Missouri law requires any person born after Jan. 1, 1984, to carry a boating safety certification card along with a picture ID anytime they operate a vessel, which includes personal watercraft, on Missouri lakes.

Students must pre-register online, at www.mshp.dps.mo.gov. Once there, select “Divisions,” “Water Patrol Division,” and then “Boater Safety Education & Certification.” They can also find courses elsewhere in the state.

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