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Ohio University-Zanesville hosts boating safety course

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (April 13, 2005) -- To meet Ohio's mandatory boating education requirements, Zanesville Flotilla 3-3, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will provide a boating safety course to help make the waterways safe for community residents. Anyone born after 1982 must take an approved boating safety course to prevent accidents.

The course will be held May 17-20 beginning at 7:30 p.m. each evening at Ohio University-Zanesville in Elson Hall Room 206. A $20 course fee covers materials and instruction. Additional family members who share materials may attend for a $10 instruction fee. Pre-registration for the course is recommended. By signing up and completing the class, participants will be awarded a certificate for insurance discounts.

More than 800 people die in boating-related accidents each year. "There were about 7,000 recreational boating accidents last year," said course instructor Don Buck. "We just want everyone to enjoy the water and prevent accidents." Class participants will learn about safe boat handling, navigating, Muskingum River Parkway Locks, boating terminology and hypothermia. For more information on the course or to register contact instructor Don Buck at (740) 453-8876.

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Media Contact: Christine Shaw, (740) 588-1509 or ouzpr@ohio.edu  

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