STOKESDALE, N.C. -- As the summer months continue, so do the risks involved with boating.
In 2013, there were more than 4,000 boating accidents in the U.S. Of those, nearly 600 people died, and another 2,000 people were injured, according to the United States Coast Guard.
To help prevent this from happening in our area, one group is taking matters into its own hands.
The Greensboro Power Squadron hosted one of its three annual Boating Safety Courses at Belews Lake Saturday. The six-hour course, which is required by the state for boaters ages 26 and younger, covers everything from boating regulations to life jacket safety.
Organizers say it's a course all boaters should consider.
"If you're over age 26, you don't have to take this course, but we really recommend it," said Peter Dahl, instructor with the Power Squadron. "And, we've got a lot of adults that do take this course - particularly new boat owners - but, it's fun, and it'll help you have more fun on the water."
The Power Squadron hopes to host another course at the end of August. The course costs $45 and $15 for each additional family member. For more information, head to the squadron's Boating Course page.
And, the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission offers the course for free throughout the year. Go to the group's website or call 919-707-0031 for details.