Spring is upon us and our favorite summer activities are just around the corner. Water sports and boating are a part of life in Wisconsin, but we cannot forget to follow the law and be safe when participating in the joys of boating. Several laws govern boating safety, and following these regulations could prevent injuries and save lives. As a result, all boaters should attend a boating safety course through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in order to become familiar with boating safety laws and practices (DNR www.dnr.wi.gov/education/outdoorSkills/safetyEducation.html.#1)
Wisconsin law requires that anyone born in 1989 or after complete a boating safety course in order to legally operate a motorized boat or personal watercraft on Wisconsin waters. This training can go a long way in preventing injuries by providing boat drivers with the skills they need to safely enjoy boating. In fact, four out of five people who die in boating accidents each year have not received this formal training and that is precisely why everyone should complete a boating safety course.
Indeed, the DNR recommends that everyone—regardless of age—should complete a boating safety course. Registering for a boating safety course is very simple. In fact, a quick visit to the DNR website will provide you with everything you need (www.dnr.wi.gov/topic/boat). The course is offered at various locations around the state and only costs $10. If you are unable to attend a class in person, there is an option to complete the course online—this online option costs $30.
The joys of boating are obvious, but some of the risks are not so apparent. Boating can be very dangerous and that is why we should all take the time to attend one of these important boating safety courses. Doing so could prevent injury and even death.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to the negligence or fault of another person in a boating accident, call Gruber Law Offices, LLC today for your free consultation. There is no fee unless we win and we can meet you at a place that is convenient for you such as your place of work, hospital, home, or our conveniently located downtown Milwaukee office.
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