Attention all boaters. The mandatory boating safety education law went into effect in 2018, and is currently being phased in by age. If you operate a motorized vessel on California waterways, you are required to pass an approved boating safety exam and carry a lifetime California Boater Card.

For more information, visit www.californiaboatercard.com.

One way to take care of the requirement is by attending one of three safe boating courses offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-12 in Big Bear Lake. The one-day classes are set for June 22, July 20 and

Aug. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The class meets at the Big Bear Municipal Water District board room at 40524 Lakeview Drive, Big Bear Lake. Lunch is provided.

Students will learn proper boat handling, local hazards, navigation rules and boating laws, required and recommended safety equipment and boating problems, personal watercraft safety and trailering, and more.

Cost is $45 and includes instruction, textbook, handouts and a certificate. To preregister, contact Mark Poster at 909-725-0447 or email boatcrashexpert@hotmail.com.

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