Boater safety program offered

By Brock Stafford | Beacon sports editor/occasional outdoors writer

Aerial view of safely-navigated boat, from sky-view perspective.
Aerial view of safely-navigated boat, from sky-view perspective.

Bass Lake Authority Police, with help from experts at Bass Lake University and volunteers at Bass Lake Fish ’n’ Boat, will offer a boater safety class in late May/early June.

Classes are scheduled for 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 6 and June 13. Registration deadline is May 1.

The initiative is a critical educational opportunity, insists BLAP Chief Chiou Yueh.

“We must have no lake-related tragedies ever again, and this is the first step,” Yueh said. “We mean this thoroughly.”

A special seminar, “Successful Operation of a Canoe With a Mild Mid-Day Buzz,” has been tabled until at least 2016, organizers say.

“I sometimes say it all day,” said steering-committee member Pete “Outboard Motor” Griffith, 45.

To register for the safety initiative, call the Authority Police or participating sponsors. Space is limited. Deadline is coming up. Time is running out. This just might be the place.

When you call, please have your name, date of birth, Social Security number, contact information (telephone, email, or so on).

Each student is required to bring a sack lunch (small coolers are acceptable) and a No. 2 pencil to class. And, if possible, his or her own watercraft.

Entry fee: TBD.

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