Boating Safety Activities

Planning is underway for future boat safety classes, but none are scheduled at this time.

Vermilion Lake Association Hosted Boating Safety Class in Spring 2008

The Vermilion Lake Association made arrangements with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to teach their very popular boating safety class, America’s Boating Course, at Lake Vermilion. The instructor was Tim Engrav, an officer in the Ash Lake U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

This class provided the in-depth knowledge you need to operate a boat safely. Many insurance companies offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete this course.

Boating and Life Jackets

All boats and watercraft,  whether motorized boats, paddleboats, canoes, kayaks, sailboats, stand up paddleboards, wild rice boats, or rowboats, must have at least one wearable life jacket for each person on board, appropriately sized to fit that person.

In addition, boats 16 feet in length or longer must also carry at least one Type IV throwable PFD (seat cushion or ring buoy style) that must be above deck and immediately available while on the water. Life jackets and PFDs must all be in a serviceable condition.

Children on-board the watercraft who are younger than 10 years old are required to wear their life jacket while on the water, but it is strongly encouraged that everyone on board wear theirs. For more information, check out the DNR’s 2016 Boating Guide or pick up a copy of the guide from your local sport shop or DNR office.

For more information on all our boating safety activities or to volunteer to assist, please contact activity coordinator Gary Whitenack.