Boater safety courses posted in Lake Wylie area

January 18, 2014 

Fishing instructor class Saturday

Experienced freshwater anglers are sought by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Education Section to become Certified DNR Fishing Instructors to teach Family Fishing Clinic programs.

The Family Fishing Clinics are designed to introduce the basics of freshwater fishing to the young and old. Participants will learn how to tie fishing knots, rig rods, cast, fish and more. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ Aquatic Education Section hopes to accomplish this through the FFCs and a trained set of skilled volunteers.

Volunteers must be willing to attend a training session and undergo a SLED background and driving record check. Once trained, the Certified DNR Fishing Instructors will be expected to host at least two clinics a year for a minimum of 15 participants and no more than 25 participants and turn in the required reporting documents.

The Certified DNR Fishing Instructor Training is set for Saturday, Jan. 25, in west Columbia from 1 to 5 p.m. Visit dnr.sc.gov/news/yr2013/oct17/oct17_family.html.

Boater safety course offered monthly

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 26-02 offers its About Boating Safely Course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every third Saturday.

Cost is $35 for first family member and $10 for each additional family member.

For more information, call 704-576-0821.

Boat show Feb. 6-9 in Charlotte

The 42nd annual Mid-Atlantic Boat Show anchors in Charlotte Feb. 6-9 at Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.

Hours are noon-9p.m. Thurdsay-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The show is billed as “the largest marine product event in the Carolinas” by Souteast Productions Inc. of Greensboro, N.C., which manages and produces boating and fishing shows in the state.

Tickets cost $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and military, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for children younger than 5. Admission good for all four days with return pass.

Visit midatlanticboatshow.com.

SCDNR boating course March 15

The York County Sheriff’s Office Lake Enforcement Unit is holding a South Carolina Department of Natural Resources approved boating safety course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15 at the Law Enforcement Training Center, 92 Stoneybrook Drive.

The minimum age is 12-years-old. In South Carolina, boaters younger than age 16 are required by law to pass an approved boater education course before operating, without supervision, a personal watercraft or a boat powered by 15 horse power motor or more.

There is no charge for the class. To register for the course, call 803-628-7634 or visit dnr.sc.gov/education/boated.html by March 7.

Covekeepers meet monthly

The Covekeepers, volunteers who work with Catawba Riverkeepers, meet the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at T-Bones on the Lake.

The public is invited. For more information or to report water issue concerns, visit catawbariverkeeper.org.

Marine group meets monthly

Lake Wylie Marine Commission meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at various locations in York, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties. The public is invited. For more information and meeting locations, visit lakewyliemarinecommission.com.

Discounted life jackets available

BoatUS Foundation’s Kids Afloat Program is offering kid/teen-sized, vest-style life jackets for$5 each. However, supplies are limited and groups need to apply online at BoatUS.org/Kids-Afloat by Feb. 28.

The foundation will choose those applications that best match program guidelines and post them to the foundation’s website and Facebook page for public voting in the spring. Those with the most votes will have the opportunity to purchase the deeply discounted life jackets.

The life jackets are Type-II and Type-III vests – the most comfortable non-inflating type available that normally retail for about $30 each. Applicants are allowed to request up to 50 life jackets in infant, child, youth and teen sizes.

The Kids Afloat program is for groups offering on the water programming, such as educational boat trips, fishing trips or canoe and kayak excursions that include safe and clean boating in their curriculum. For more information, go to BoatUS.org/Kids-Afloat.

Lake info available on app

Duke Energy has made its lake information “smartphone friendly.”

The site can be accessed on a smartphone at m.duke-energy.com. The default menu shows an option for “Lakes and Recreation.”

Duke Energy’s lake information Web pages – which include recreational water release schedules, lake levels and alerts – attract thousands of hits each month. The number rises steadily when heavy rainfall causes high water conditions at the lakes managed by the company.

In addition to accessing the new mobile-enabled website, boaters can check real-time lake levels and updates at duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp, and on Duke Energy’s lake information phone line at 800-829-5253.

Scuba club dives into events

The Carolina Scuba & Adventure Club meets monthly at the Towne Tavern in Fort Mill. Club members will participate in beach cleanups, including an underwater cleanup. Email carolinascubaadventure@gmail.com.

Dive team needs volunteers

The York County Emergency Response Team is seeking volunteers to join the team.

The team does water-related search, rescue and recovery, swift water rescue, low-angle rope rescue and searches for missing people.

Scuba divers and nondivers are needed. Visit yorkcountyert.com to find out more.

For more information, call 803-372-7593.

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