Extension office to offer boater safety certification course

The course will be held in Port Lavaca on March 7, pre-registration is required

PORT O’CONNOR, Texas – If you’re looking forward to getting back on the water this summer, you may want to consider taking a safety course through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office in Calhoun County.

RJ Shelly and Emilee DeForest, county extension agents, went over the checklist of items before heading out onto the bay.

“A throwable life saving device, a US Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher and make sure that that needle is pointing in the green,” Shelly said. “Every boat has to have the ability to produce sound. Spray cans that will let off a pretty good sound if you need it or you can use a whistle. Flares, you’re on the the saltwater, it’s required that you  have flares and they have to be in date. On the side of the flare is the expiration date, it’s important that that be a valid flare.”

And DeForest says it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

“If I see somebody who is not following safety protocol whenever they are in the boat,” DeForest said. “It really makes me nervous because they are not only putting themselves in danger but those who may be first responding if there is an accident, putting them in danger.”

Upon completion, participants will receive a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Boaters Education Certification.

“County commissioners court has been outstanding,” Shelly said. “They’ve allowed us to have access to the entire facility and they’ve bent over backwards  to allow us to make this happen. There has been nothing like this in this area since at least 1991.”

“This is an amazing opportunity for the youth, not only in Calhoun County but across the area,” DeForest said.

The course will be held on March 7 at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds located at 186 Henry Barbar Way, Port Lavaca, TX 77979. Pre-registration is required.

To register go here.