Clinton Lake Sailing Association

Boater Safety Certificate required to operate CLSA powerboats

Thu, April 07, 2022 6:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
Please note that we have new requirements in place to operate the Boston Whaler (and Race Committee Boat). Anyone wishing to operate the Boston Whaler must (1) have a boater safety card on file, and (2) successfully demonstrate safe operator skills with Eric B. We hope to certify as many members as possible this spring/summer and build our team of qualified safe powerboat operators.  

1. Boater Safety Card - take any of the NASBLA-approved boater safety courses listed here. Several members have recently taken the $35 online course, requiring 2-3 hours to complete.   

2. Complete a short hands-on training session with Eric B or Kevin R.  

CLSA plans to order and install a floating parking dock this season for the Whaler so the boat will be easily accessible and deployable. The recent tragedy at Sarasota Youth Sailing reminds us that accidents can happen even with well-trained and experienced boat operators. The CLSA board voted last month to establish minimum safety requirements, and these requirements will be strictly enforced. We will also be installing a prop guard on our Whaler. 

To get started, simply email your boater safety card to and Eric will follow up to schedule training.    

Stay safe!  

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