Water Safety & Education Committee

Committee Members:

Gerry Caprario

Committee Purpose:

To promote water safety and education.

Fiscal Year Objectives:

  • Sponsor Virginia boating safety classes.
  • Conduct vessel safety checks.

If you would like more information or would like to join the committee, please contact our committee chairman at safety@leesvillelake.org

Boating Safety Classes

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 at 540-297-1222

Read the new boater education law.

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

Boater Safety pdf

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;

View an Almanac for the times of day of sunrise and sunset

More on Boating Laws


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

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

Lucy says “Please wear your life vest.”