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By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

Several classes will be held at the Gander Mountain store, located on Business 903 (Southeast corner of Hwy 75 & 82). The training dates are below:

April 28
May 12
June 23
July 21
August 4
September 15
October 13

The classes last 8 hours on each of the training dates listed. The cost is $28. To register, call Dean Dorothy at 903-523-2401 or e-mail him at texomadean@msn.com.

You can also call Dwaine McBee with the Army Corps of Engineers to learn about volunteering opportunities to teach kids water safety. These classes will be scheduled for next year, so get your name in now to sign up! You can call Dwaine at 903-465-4990 x7816.

And to learn more about water safety, log on to www.tpwd.state.ex.us (link below). Or call 1-800-792-1112. You can receive a complete resource guide on everything you need to know about the lake and staying safe!

Did you know that in 2005, more than 12 million recreational boats were registered. 4,969 boating accidents were reported that year, 697 were fatal, and 3,451 injuries took place. In all, $38,721,088 worth of property damage reported.

The most common types of boats involved in reported accidents were motorboats (45%), personal watercraft (26%), and cabin motorboats (14%). 21 children under the age of 12 lost their lives while boating in 2005, compared to 14 children in 2004.

Alcohol use was either a direct or indirect contributing factor in approximately one-quarter of all boating fatalities in 2005.

-Information provided by Dean Dorothy with the Coast Guard Auxiliary.


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