PICKENS COUNTY — This year’s National Boating Safety Week will be observed May 21 through May 27 and as part of its educational arm, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring several boating safety classes around the Upstate.
All resident and non-resident boaters under 16 years of age must successfully complete a boater education course that is approved by the SCDNR before operating without supervision a personal watercraft (jet ski) or a boat powered by 15 hp motor or more.
Participants must pre-register at www.dnr.sc.gov and click on the boater education icon or call 800-277-4301 or 803-734-4491. It’s first come, first served and is a free event.
All children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The minimum age to take the exam and be certified is 10. Participants are urged to arrive prior to the start time and bring a pen or pencil.
Boater education classes will be offered at the following Pickens and Oconee locations:
• Clemson DNR Office, 311 Natural Resources Drive, Clemson — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 7
• Oconee Heritage Center, 123 Browns Square Drive, Walhalla — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14
• Clemson DNR Office, 311 Natural Resources Drive, Clemson — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11
• Foothills Community Church, 505 Bountyland Road, Seneca — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16
• Clemson DNR Office, 311 Natural Resources Drive, Clemson — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12
Contact J. Henry Barnett, regional education coordinator for Oconee, Pickens, Anderson, Abbeville, McCormick and Edgefield counties, at 864-654-8266, extension 18. His office is located at 311 Natural Resources Drive in Clemson.