SAVANNAH, GA. (Aug. 6, 2014): The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Marine Patrol will conduct a boater safety course on Saturday, Aug.16.

The course is free and is required of boaters of certain ages and at least 12 years old to operate certain vessels.

On July 1, 2014, a new Mandatory Education Law went into effect, requiring anyone born after Jan. 1, 1998, to have successfully completed a Georgia DNR approved boater education course to operate a powerboat in the State of Georgia,

To sign-up for this course please contact the SCMPD Savannah Mall Training Center at (912) 921-5450. For additional information, contact Georgia DNR at (912) 264-7237 or the SCMPD Marine Patrol at (912) 353-1004. The class is limited to 30 participates and restricted to those 12 and older.

Class begins at 9 a.m. at the SCMPD training facility in the Savannah Mall (on the second floor next to Dillard’s) with a lunch break and completes at 4 p.m.

This class will be offered again Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.