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The Knox County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources Watercraft will be offering a FREE Ohio Boating Education Course at the Floral Valley
Community Center in Apple Valley, located at 850 Crestrose Drive, Howard, OH 43028. The
class will be from 8am to 4:30pm on Saturday, April 20, 2024.

The class covers the fundamentals of state and federal laws concerning safe boating,
state-required equipment, watercraft laws, navigation rules of the road, basic safety and risk
management, and aids to navigation. Classes are enhanced with videos, slides, overheads,
handouts, and other visual aids.

This course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators
and meets Ohio’s boating education requirement, which became effective January 1, 2000. The
law requires anyone born on or after January 1, 1982 to successfully complete either a
NASBLA-approved boating course or a proficiency examination before operating a boat great
than 10 horsepower. The course also may qualify boaters for a discount on their boat owner’s
insurance. Boaters who pass the course will receive a wallet card to show as valid proof of
course completion.

The deadline to register for the training is April 12 th . Please contact Chief Deputy Jay
Sheffer at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 740-399-3902, or email at The names of the attendees and contact information is

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