The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's "Mandatory Boating Education Regulation" states that anyone born after 1985 must take and pass an approved AGFC boating education course and carry proof that he or she satisfactorily completed the course in order to operate a motorboat in Arkansas.
A boating safety course is scheduled for July 1 at Thunderbird Recreation Center, North Lakeshore Drive in Cherokee Village.
The class is scheduled to start at 9 a.m., and participants must attend all class sessions of the six-hour program to complete the course.
The course is designed to teach the fundamentals of safe boating necessary to reduce loss of life, personal injury and property damage while increasing the boating enjoyment for outdoor enthusiasts, according to organizers.
Featured topics of the course includes boat classification, registration, life saving equipment, navigation aids, rules of the road, maintenance, courtesy and more.
The course is free of charge and is open to everyone, but space will be limited to 30 participants per class, according to organizers.
Interested participants wanting to obtain more information about this course can contact Cyril Bertram at 870-257-2515.