Ohio offers required boating course May 11


DEFIANCE, Ohio — An Ohio Boating Education Course will be offered next week to help local boaters comply with state law that requires completion of such a course to operate most engine-powered boats.

The May 11 class will begin at 9 a.m. at Five Span Marina, 19687 State Rt. 637, and has a $5 fee for course materials. It covers topics including navigation rules and signs, boating and personal safety equipment, and Ohio boating laws.

Under Ohio law, anyone born in 1982 or later and operating a boat with a 10-horsepower or stronger engine must have completed an approved boating-safety course.

Preregistration is required. Call the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Maumee Bay Watercraft Office at 419-836-6003 or visit watercraft.odnr.gov.state.oh.us.