Lake Norman in the summer is truly a haven for all ages, but especially for kids. Imagine the freedom and fun for kids as young as 12 must feel when driving their own Jet Ski or boat! It doesn’t hurt that the National Marine Manufacturers Association listed North Carolina, specifically their “Hot Spot”: Lake Norman, as #4 on their list of top 10 “on-the-water” destinations in the US!
A new North Carolina law that went into effect this past May 1, 2010 was passed to ensure our younger boaters are SAFELY enjoying their summer. It is now mandatory for all boat operators 25-years or younger to pass a Wildlife Resources Commission boating safety class BEFORE heading onto the lake. According to Senate Bill 43, “no person shall operate a vessel with a motor of 10 horsepower or greater in public waters of this State unless the operator has met the requirements for boating safety education.” Operators age 25 or younger must carry proof of boat-safety certification…violators will be issued a citation, which requires a court appearance.
Here is a partial list of Lake Norman area boating safety classes:
If you are heading out on Lake Norman for the first time, no matter what age, it is a great idea to take this safety class and know the rules and regs of the lake. Do you know what a no-wake zone is or how far from the shoreline you must be before you can go fast enough to make a wake?
It is also really easy for visitors and newcomers to Lake Norman to get disoriented once on the lake. We always have on hand our lake map with all of the markers and services/marinas and we take a GPS.
For more information there is a great website: Lake Norman Boaters Guide.
Are you ready for the 4th of July? It’s going to be a great summer…be safe!