Want to drive a power boat this summer? For any boat with more than 10 horsepower, Ohio law requires an boating education course for all boaters born after Jan. 1, 1982.

Since most courses take several weeks, you might as well start soon. You can find the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ list of courses in Northeast Ohio here.

Just want a short refresher? The power squadron also offers free two-hour one-on-one sessions.

The Northeast Ohio Power Squadron is offering a three-week America’s Boating Course, beginning April 13. The $50 class takes place at Beaver Creek Marina, 6101 West Erie Ave. in Lorain.

And even if you don’t have to take a course, you can get plenty of pointers on boating and docking.

The course includes four main sections:

  1. Getting Started/Required Equipment:  boat terms and types, boat handling, required safety equipment  
  2. Navigation and Boating Regulations: navigation rules, navigation aids and charts, lights and sound signal, government regulations
  3. Adverse Conditions and Emergencies: finding your way, anchoring, adverse conditions and emergencies, communications afloat  
  4. Water Sports Safety: water sports safety, personal watercraft, boat trailering

Class sessions are:

                  • Saturday, April 13 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

                  • Saturday, April 20  9 a.m.-4 p.m.

                  • Saturday, April 27 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Review and test

               For additional information, or to sign up, contact Jim Christman at 440-537-4800 or [email protected]