There’s still a lot of pleasant boating weather left in the year, but there simply aren’t as many people enjoying Missouri’s rivers and lakes as there are during the summer months – and that gives the Missouri State Water Patrol a chance to focus a little more on boating safety.

The Water Patrol’s Corporal Jerry Callahan says there are boating safety classes scheduled in a number of communities throughout the fall and winter. Classes are scheduled this month in Jefferson City, Crystal City, Smithville, and Lake Ozark.  In the coming months classes will be held in Blue Springs, High Ridge, Columbia, Salem, and St. James.  They can also be taken online.

There is no cost for the class, but a boating safety certificate for those who successfully complete the course will be available for $15.  To learn more, go to the Water Patrol’s web site at


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