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All PWC operators age 14 and older and all motorboat operators of 10 hp or greater regardless of age need to take a boating safety course. Take this Virginia–approved course to complete your online boating safety education.

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Every year, thousands of boating enthusiasts take to the waterways of North Carolina to fish, sail, water ski, and pursue other vessel-based recreation. Wildlife Officers enforce the boating laws and navigation regulations on the waters of the state, always with the aim of safety. Officers may stop any vessel for safety checks or violations, as authorized by N.C.G.S. §75A and conduct boating accident investigations.

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America's Boating Course is an eight-hour course covering the basics of boating and is appropriate for youth as well as the adult boater. Successful completion of this course satisfies the education requirement to operate a boat in ANY STATE and for youth to operate a PWC in both Virginia and North Carolina.

Lake Gaston Association Children's Loaner Life JacketThe PERFECT solution when guests show up and you don't have children’s life jackets of the correct size for all of them. The Lake Gaston Water Safety Council's free loaner program makes children's sizes available at the following locations:

Bracey, VA

  • Holly Grove Marina (434) 636-3455
  • Poplar Pointe Marine (434) 636-2175
  • Americamps (434) 636-2668

Gasburg, VA

  • The Club (434) 577-2935 Henrico, NC
  • Washburn's Marina (252) 537-1335
  • Sherwood Forest (252) 537-2526

Littleton, NC

  • Morningstar Marina (252) 586-4661
  • Outdoor World (252) 586-4121
  • Stonehouse Timber Lodge (252) 586-3012