Boating Safety

Boating Safety Classes

Given by Leesville Lake Association 9 am – 4 pmĀ  March 16, April 20 and May 18, 2019 at the Altavista Train Station.
Gerry Caprario
Given by the Smith Mountain Lake Sail and Power Squadron
Normal Classes start 9 AM and lasts until approximately 5 PM with an hour for lunch. Register by calling the Smith Mountain Eagle Squadron at 540-297-1222 or Register here.

Vessel Safety Checks

9 am – 12 noon June 15, 2019 at Leesville Lake Marina.
Contact Gerry Caprario

Read the new boater education law.

It includes the time table for various age groups to meet the requirements.


Section 29.1-748 of the Code of Virginia states that

it is unlawful for any person to operate watercraft in excess of the slowest possible speed required to maintain steerage and headway within fifty feet of docks, piers, boathouses, boat ramps, people in the water, and vessels other than personal watercraft. This law is enforced by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and is punishable as a Class 4 misdemeanor.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a personal watercraft on the waters of the Commonwealth between sunset and sunrise.

Get the Sunrise & Sunset Times for your location

More on Boating Laws

We encourage all boaters to participate in a boating safety class. Information about these classes can be found at the

In The Flesh Boating Courses Held Around Smith Mountain Lake
Smith Mountain Lake Sail and Power Squadron

Lucy says “Please wear your life vest.”