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Instructor urges boaters to take mandatory boating safety course

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A boating safety instructor in KOTA Territory urges boaters to take the state's mandatory boating safety course now, before summer begins.

Nebraska's six-hour-long boating safety class is followed by a 60-question multiple choice test that covers a wide–range of topics, from boat navigation to the importance of alcohol avoidance for those who plan to drive.

Starting in 2012, Nebraska law requires any motor–boat operator under the age of 18 to complete a boating safety course. Last year more 30 boating accidents were reported in the State.

"By training people to use common sense, by knowing the rules of the water, we can keep people from having one additional death or one boating accident," says boating safety instructor Wayne Ferguson. "It's well worth they're time."

For more information about Nebraska's boating safety courses or how to register for an upcoming class, visit

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