REC REPORT: Boating safety courses available

If you are operating a motorized boat this summer, you must carry an operator’s certification card with you. Grand Forks Recreation (GFREC) offers two options for obtaining your card.

Summer sunshine, warm lakes and boating season all go hand-in-hand as part of a great summer experience.

Let’s make sure that your summer is a memorable one by being safe in and around all our rivers and lakes.

If you are operating a motorized boat this summer, you must carry an operator’s certification card with you. Grand Forks Recreation (GFREC) offers two options for obtaining your card.

We will be offering a Boat Pro course here at the Grand Forks Arena viewing room this Saturday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mike Fairweather goes through the manual thoroughly so every participant knows the rules and regulations for safe boating.

Pre-registration is required by Thursday, July 14.  Option two, purchase a manual, study it, give us a call and set up a time between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday to challenge the exam.


Learn the proper water safety emergency procedures in a week-long advance leadership camp from July 25 to July 29.

Christina Lake Recreation is offering this one-week camp at the Christina Lake public beach. This course offers the pre-requisite for the National Lifeguarding Service Award. Pre-registration is required.


If you have a love for the water and for children and would like to pursue a career in aquatics, there will be a Water Safety Instructor’s camp held the week of Aug. 8.

This camp is the final course required to become a water safety instructor.


The Aquatic Centre is open for lap swimming on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 6 to 8:30 a.m. You can join our professional fitness instructor for a workout during our summer

Aquafit class from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.  There is always a lap lane available during our public swim times Monday through Friday between 1 and 4 p.m.

If you’re looking for a quieter time during the week, check out the evenings from Monday to Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.


Pick up a summer flyer for details on upcoming events and summer programs, or view the recreation brochure on the web at You can also reach the Grand Forks Recreation Office at 250-442-2202 and the Grand Forks Aquatic Centre at 250-442-3488 or by email at

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