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July 28, 2016Boater education class offered Aug. 6 at National Wild Turkey Federation in Edgefield

A S.C. Department of Natural Resources Boater Education Class will be taught at the National Wild Turkey Federation's Hunting Heritage Center in Edgefield on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Hunting Heritage Center is located at 770 Augusta Road, Edgefield.

This instructor-led boater education class in Edgefield is offered in a one-day format and is free to the public. Participants must pre-register at www.dnr.sc.gov by clicking on the boater education icon, or by calling (803) 734-3995 or 800-277-4301.

All resident and nonresident boaters under 16 years of age must successfully complete a boater education course that is approved by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) before operating a personal watercraft (Jet Ski) or a boat powered by 15 horsepower motor or more without supervision.

Taking a boater education course will allow you to comply with the boating law and may also make you eligible for a discount on your boat or personal watercraft (Jet Ski) insurance.

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. Students are encouraged to bring a bag lunch or snack as the class will be working through lunch. At the end of the class, students will be given a written test that must be successfully completed to pass the course.

The NWTF is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage. Through partnerships with state and federal wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, improving more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat and introducing 100,000 people to the outdoors each year. To learn more, visit www.nwtf.or or call (800) THE-NWTF.

The mission of the DNR is to serve as the principal advocate for and steward of South Carolina's natural resources.

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