Instructors from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold a Basic Boating course on Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The course location is the Conneaut Lake Sportsman’s Association, 11861 Sportsman Road, Conneaut Lake, PA 16316. 

There is no charge for the course, but advanced registration is required. To register, contact Chad Foster at 814-336-2426 or email

Novice boaters, future boaters, and experienced boaters are welcome. It is especially recommended for the new boater and their families. The class covers basic boating safety, boating laws and regulations, and equipment. 

Students who successfully complete the course are eligible to apply for a Boating Safety Education Certificate issued by the Commission.  

The student must send a check or money order for $10 to the Commission. This course meets the mandatory education standards set by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators for motorboat operation and is accepted in most states with mandatory education requirements.

Boating Safety Education Certificates are required for anyone operating a personal watercraft (Jet Ski, Wave runner, Sea Doo, etc.) and anyone born on or after January 1, 1982, operating a boat powered by a motor greater than 25 horsepower.

The mission of the fish and boat commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, visit


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