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Boat Use and Safety

The Center for Limnology manages a small fleet of boats for use by research and educational staff.  To arrange for use of the boats, contact one of the following:
Hasler Lab/Madison area: Dave Harring
Trout Lake Station/Northern Highlands area: John Vehrs or Pam Fashingbauer
Users must be certified by the state of Wisconsin for boat use (see below), and will receive additional specific training from CFL staff regarding use of our boats, trailering and transportation, and general maintenance. 

Life Jacket Use:

  1. A life jacket for each person on board will be provided as required by law.
  2. Life jackets must be worn when water temperature is </= 10oC (50oF).
  3. Life jackets must be worn by all classes and outreach participants at all times.
  4. Whether life jackets are required to be worn or not is at the discretion of the boat captain, except in case of water temperature or class/outreach participants.
  5. CFL staff are strongly encouraged to set an example by wearing a lifejacket.

Wisconsin Boater Safety Certification:

Wisconsin state statues mandates that a person born on or after January 1, 1989, and at least 16 years old may operate a motorboat (including PWC) only if he or she has completed a boating safety course that is accepted by the Wisconsin DNR. Certification training may be done online.
Employees and research staff of the CFL will have the certification fee paid by the research project responsible for their project's funding.  Contact Carol Jenkins-Espinosa (Madison area) or Pam Fashingbauer (Trout Lake Station area) regarding payment or reimbursement.
Wisconsin Boater Education Training Online

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