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Always wear a life jacket: 5 water safety tips that can save your life


National Safe Boating Week is May 22-28 and the arrival of warmer weather means boating season is almost here. 

While West Virginia is a landlocked state, we’re fortunate to have more than 2,000 miles of navigable streams and hundreds of lakes open for anglers and boaters to enjoy. 

But before you get out on the water, there’s a few things you should know. Here are a few best practices to keep in mind. 

Be Educated 

Operating a motor boat is like driving a car and there are several things you need to do to keep yourself and others safe. You can learn everything you need to know in one of our boating safety classes. 

Read more safety tips from WVDNR: