Ohio DNR hands out boating safety grants

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The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Watercraft recently awarded $365,419 in grants to support 34 community boating safety and skills courses during 2009.

The grants range from $1,018.50 to $28,666.51.

"Ohio remains strong in its commitment of supporting community education programs that seek to improve boating safety and provide the skills necessary to safely enjoy recreational boating on our waterways," said Pamela S. Dillon, chief of the ODNR Division of Watercraft, in a statement.

Funding for the Boating Safety Education Grant Program is provided through the Ohio Waterways Safety Fund, which consists of a share of the state motor fuels tax, watercraft registration and titling fees, and funding from the Coast Guard.

Ohio state law requires anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1982, to show proof that they have successfully completed a boater safety course of instruction that is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators if they operate any watercraft powered by an engine greater than 10 hp. The law also applies if providing supervision to an underage operator.

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