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Learn how to stay safe while boating on Smith Lake this summer

Lake season is beginning, and with it, all manner of watersports. A popular one on Lewis Smith Lake is, of course, boating. It’s a fun way to spend a spring or summer day, getting out on the water with family and friends. To make the most of your 2023 lake season, however, you need to know how you and your loved ones can enjoy Smith Lake and all it has to offer responsibly.

Lake League Real Estate on Saturday, April 29, will host a boaters’ safety event at Trident Marina. Whether you’re an experienced boater or just starting out, this event is perfect for anyone 12 and older who wants to learn more about safe boating practices and the unique features of Smith Lake.

Not licensed? No problem! Attendees who do not have boating licenses will even have a chance to receive one on the same day as the event.

But even if you already have your license, there will still be plenty to learn about the rules on the lake and how to protect the lake’s special species.

The event will be led by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's Marine Patrol (AMP) Division, whose mission is to enhance safety and promote responsible use of resources on Alabama's waterways through enforcement, education and community activities.

Marine Patrol troopers will share their knowledge and expertise with attendees. You’ll learn everything from safe boating practices to the importance of conservation efforts in our community. This will be an excellent opportunity to ask questions and get hands-on experience.

The AMP supports the National Safe Boating Council’s Safe Boating Campaign, which emphasizes the importance of life jackets. “Recreational boating and water activities are enjoyed by millions of Americans each year. Boating safety advocates recommend all boaters and passengers not only have a life jacket, but wear it at all times while boating. Regardless of your age or experience level, the data shows that life jackets save lives.”

  • Boats are fun when enjoyed responsibly.
  • When boating, pay attention to speed and wake buoys.
  • Lots of Smith Lake residents and visitors take their furry friends out on the water as well.
  • Lake League Real Estate Owner Melissa Curtis and friends pose for a photo in a boat docked on Smith Lake.
  • Ty Gurley wears his life jacket while swimming.
  • You can't beat that view!
  • Trident Marina has many life jackets for every age.
  • Safety first - Trident Marina has a large selection of personal water safety gear.

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