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Boating safety class June 20 in York

The last act of the night for Carolina Show Ski Tea is a pyramid on Lake Wylie. From left are Sydney Ziemer, Erin Riddle, Lauren Potts, Brooke Lawrence, Brooke Kara and Rebecca Brusch.
The last act of the night for Carolina Show Ski Tea is a pyramid on Lake Wylie. From left are Sydney Ziemer, Erin Riddle, Lauren Potts, Brooke Lawrence, Brooke Kara and Rebecca Brusch. CAROLINA SHOW SKI TEAM

Boating safety classes scheduled

The York County Sheriff’s Office Lake Enforcement Unit and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources have scheduled boating safety courses to be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 20 and July 18 at the Law Enforcement Training Center, 92 Stoneybrook Drive, York.

There is no charge for the class. The minimum age for participants is 12. Instructors suggest bringing a No. 2 pencil, a highlighter pen, plus snacks and a beverage.

To register for the class, visit

Ski team seeks new members

The Carolina Show Ski Team welcomes new members for the 2015 season and has room for more.

Anyone who wants to water ski or participate in a team environment can join. Participants do not have to be great water skiers, but skiing members must have core competencies for safety reasons and be willing to try new things. Basics include: the ability to perform a two-ski seated dock start and participate in a basic skiing act as designated by the team show director. Join early and learn these basic skills from team veterans.

Members learn team building skills while growing as community-conscious individuals. Boats, gasoline, ropes and basic ski show equipment are provided by the team. Participants also may ride in boats, emcee, choreograph, sew, act in land skits and more.

The team practices Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings at Windjammer Beach Park in Tega Cay. The community is invited to see the new production starting at 7 p.m. Fridays in June at the park.

For more information, email, visit

Money available for wildlife projects

Qualifying government agencies and nonprofit organizations wanting to enhance, create and protect fish and wildlife habitats along the Catawba-Wateree River and its tributaries are encouraged to submit applications for grants provided by Duke Energy’s Catawba-Wateree Habitat Enhancement Program.

CWHEP is a cooperative effort by Duke Energy, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The program is funded annually from a fee charged to individuals and residential marina developers seeking permits to build piers on the Catawba-Wateree lakes. The Foundation for the Carolinas administers the funds.

Projects eligible include planting native shoreline vegetation, constructing osprey platforms and wood duck boxes, and installing fish attractors, to purchasing property and conservation easements along the Catawba-Wateree River that permanently preserve rare and unique habitats.

Applications are at Deadline is July 31.

Class held monthly at Lake Wylie

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary holds a boating safety course 9 a.m.-5 p.m. the third Saturday of every month at River Hills Marina conference center.

About Boating Safely covers all aspects of boating. A safe boating course is required for boat operators born after Jan. 1, 1988, and is recommended for everyone.

For more information or to register, call 704-588-1678 or email

DNR offers boating virtual trainer

The next time you’re at an outdoor event, keep an eye out for the new Boating Skills Virtual Trainer. The trainer is a partnership between the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Pioneer Boats.

With the assistance of Pioneer Boats, DNR was able to place three 32-inch screens on a center console boat, mounted inside a trailer, for a virtual boating experience. Steering, throttle and other controls are like those found on a real boat.

The instructor has the ability to tailor the student’s experience by adjusting wind and current strength to day/night scenarios. The simulator offers learning platforms through which students they can learn about docking, mooring, pivot turns and more on a virtual waterway free from the hazards that can occur on the water.