PFBC’s Boating Safety Courses Offered at PPL Preserves…Register Now!

PPL holds boating safety classes at Lake Wallenpaupack (pictured) as well as all other preserve locations throughout the year.

For about two decades, PPL’s environmental preserves in Pennsylvania have held boating safety classes as part of PPL’s ongoing commitment to public safety. The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) and certified instructors supply boaters with practical information so they can make informed decisions on the water.

“The boating safety classes are just one example of the free educational seminars, programs and workshops that are held at the PPL preserves,” said Meg Welker, education and public outreach manager and an instructor of the class since 1996. “PPL has an interest in making sure that everyone is aware of safety rules and regulations while enjoying their time on the water in a safe manner.”

Last year over 230 people attended a total of nine boating safety classes. This year, classes will be offered at all of the preserves, which includes Lake Wallenpaupack, Holtwood, Martins Creek, Susquehanna Riverlands, Brunner Island and Montour. Year-round recreation opportunities including fishing, boating and water-skiing exist near all of PPL’s preserves.

Students receive information on how to reduce the risk of injury and conflict while boating during the free eight-hour course. The course is intended to give vital information in a way that is interesting and fun.

At the end of the course, students can apply to the commission for a $10 Boating Safety Education Certificate if they complete a multiple-choice test with a score of at least 80 percent. Certificates are required for all operators of personal watercraft, regardless of age, and for boat operators born after Jan. 1, 1982, who operate motorboats of more than 25 horsepower.

Attendees must be at least 12 years old and preregister by calling the preserve where the class is being held. All materials are provided.

Upcoming courses:

Saturday (2/25) at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, Hawley, Pa.
March 17 at the Martins Creek Environmental Preserve at the Lower Mount Bethel Township Welcome Center, Bangor, Pa.
March 24 at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center, Berwick, Pa.
May 19 at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, Hawley, Pa.
For those who wish to become volunteer instructors of the course, there will be a class on Tuesday (2/28) at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center.

Visit for directions to the preserves and a calendar of upcoming events.

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