Free Boating Safety Courses

Elephant Butte – The state will offer free boating safety courses starting this weekend at Elephant Butte Lake State Park.

State law requires anyone born in 1989 or after that date to take a safety course before operating a motorboat.

The State Parks Division will offer a class on Saturday at Elephant Butte. Classes are also scheduled at the lake on April 24, May 22, June 12, July 31, Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 30 and Nov. 13.

To reserve a space in an Elephant Butte class call 575-744-5998.

Boating safety courses also will be held in Albuquerque on April 17, May 15 and every third Saturday through Nov. 20. Call 505-476-3390 to register for a class in Albuquerque.

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