Free Boat Safety Inspections, Boating Education Opportunities Offered Statewide in Observance of National Safe Boating Week
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft and its boating partners are conducting free watercraft safety inspections and sponsoring other awareness activities to help increase boating safety in observance of National Safe Boating Week May 19-25. Boating partners include the U.S. Power Squadrons, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and local marine patrol units.
The boating safety inspections are held at boat ramps and other locations across the state throughout the summer. The inspections aren't for issuing citations; they are to make sure your boat is ready for the water. Watercraft officers and other inspectors look for properly working equipment such as fire extinguishers, horns, navigational lights, distress signals and an adequate number of approved life jackets that are of the proper style, size and fit for any passengers who are likely to be aboard your particular boat.
Other scheduled events during National Safe Boating Week include local opportunities to explore boating and boating courses.