Maryland Basic Boating Courses will be held at the Garrett College Center for Community and Continuing Education from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm on the following Saturdays: May 16, June 13, June 27, July 11, August 1, and August 22. The course is required by the State of Maryland for anyone born after June 30, 1972.
The course is open to those 12 years of age and over. Payment is expected at the time of registration. Call 301-387-3069 for information or to register. No refunds after the registration deadline unless the class is canceled. All registrations will be confirmed by the CEWD office. Deadline for registration is 3:00pm Friday, one week before the class or registration may be made in person until the Monday before the class. Limited seating is available, and all registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) conducted special saturation patrols this past Saturday and Sunday, June 28th and 29th, on the lake in an effort to save lives and reduce the number of personal injuries due to boating accidents.
Utilizing NRP aircraft and vessels strategically placed on the lake, the patrols lasted approximately two hours each day. An NRP helicopter flew over the lake locating boaters operating in an unsafe manner and directed the NRP vessels to the violations. Nineteen citations and 31 warning, mostly for distance violations, were issued during the patrols. One individual was arrested for operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol. These types of patrols along with unmarked vessels will be utilized state wide throughout the summer and will continue through the Labor Day Holiday.
NRP reminds boaters that when towing an individual or individuals on water skis, aquaplanes, tubes or other similar devices you must keep at least 100 feet from the shore, wharfs, piers, pilings, jetties, bridge structures or abutments, individual or individuals in the water and other vessels at all times.
Persons operating personal watercraft within 100 feet of the shore, bridge structures or abutments, individual or individuals in the water and other vessels may not exceed a speed of 6 knots at anytime.
The Maryland Basic Boating Course will be held on Friday March 14th from 7-9 pm and on Saturday March 15th from 9am until 4pm in the New Germany State Park Lakehouse. This course is required of all Maryland boat operators born after July 1, 1972. There is no charge for the course, but pre-registration is required. Call 301-895-5453 for more information or to register.
High Mountain Sports presents the 2007 Annual "Bust Largness" Wakeboard Contest on Sunday August 19th starting at 7:00 am. The event takes place in front of High Mountain Sports on the lake. Go to www.highmountainsports.com for more information.
Join Deep Creek Marina and Pro Wakeboarder Gerry Nunn on August 6th or 7th for the Malibu Just Ride Clinic. The clinic offers a chance to learn from Nunn behind his 2007 Malibu 23 Wakesetter. Come see why his nickname is "The Flying Nunn". Morning sessions are from 8:30 - 12:30, lunch from 12:30 - 1:30 with food and refreshments provided and afternoon sessions are from 1:30 - 5:30. The cost is $30 per person. Advance payment is required to register your spot. To register, call Courtney at 301-387-6977 or email email@example.com. This is first come, first serve, and space is limited.
The Deep Creek Marina is holding a Learn to Ride Clinic this Friday, June 22nd. Experienced instructor Greg Rouse will give expert instruction for beginners to novice skiers or wakeboarders. Group lessons will be provided in a Malibu boat. The morning clinic is 8-12 and the afternoon clinic is 1-5.
Sign up in advance, as the clinic is free but space is limited. Refreshments and snacks will be available. Equipment will be provided, but please bring a towel. Call 301-387-6977 for more information.
If you're new to boating or you have a children that you plan on letting drive your boat this summer, you need to check out the Maryland Basic Boating Courses. Maryland state law requires anyone born on or after July 1, 1972 to have a certificate of boating safety education while operating a motorized vessel. This certificate must be with the operator of the boat at all times. New for 2007, an online course is now available.
Vessel registration renewals recently mailed by DNR erroneously stated a two-year registration period of January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2007. The correct registration period is January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2008. DNR apologizes for any confusion.