Rifle Gap State Park Hosting Boating Safety Courses

Rifle Gap State Park Hosting Boating Safety Courses
Rifle Gap State Park Hosting Boating Safety Courses

Rifle Gap State Park will host boating safety review sessions and exams for teenagers and interested adults who want to operate motorboats or personal watercraft this boating season. Classes will be taught beginning at 6 p.m. on: May 13, June 10, July 8 and August 12. Pre-registration is required for the course.

To register, call (303) 791-1954 or send an email to boating.safety@state.co.us. Students will also need to request the Boating Safely in Colorado home study manual. Please include your name, address, date of birth, phone number and the number of manuals you need. Each individual will need their own manual.

Anyone operating a motorboat or personal watercraft in Colorado must be at least 16 years old. However, 14 and 15 year olds who successfully complete this state-approved boating safety course can operate a motorboat in Colorado. The courses all include a home study manual, a two-hour classroom review and a written exam. Adults are welcome and encouraged to attend as well.

Students must first review the Boating Safely in Colorado home study manual and then participate in the two-hour classroom review with their parent or guardian. Boat operator cards will be issued to students who attend the review session and pass the final exam with a score of a least 70 percent. A certification fee of $15 per student will be required at the time of testing. Students must also bring a 1? x 1? photo of themselves that will be laminated to their operator card. Please contact the park at (970) 625-1607 for information and directions.

Colorado State Parks get everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado's 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado's economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state?s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.parks.state.co.us.

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