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Boaters get safety lesson at Tri-Cities boat show

By Callan Gray, cgray@wcyb.com
Published On: Jan 25 2014 07:05:42 PM CST
Tri-Cities Annual Boat Show
KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

It snowed across the Tri-Cities on Saturday but inside the Meadowview Convention Center, it looked a little bit more like paradise.

Marina representatives and boating fanatics gathered for the Tri-Cities Annual Boat Show.

The three day event lets people take a close-up look at pontoon boats, dock systems and even paddle boards.

For the first time this year, the public also had the chance to take a TWRA boating safety class.

"We cover all of the elements of boating safety," said Gary Millington, of the Tri-Cities Boating Club. "All the parts of the boat, how to handle a boat, dealing with emergencies and most importantly all of the legal requirements people need to be aware of to keep out of trouble on the water."

About 30 people attended the allday class on Saturday.

We're told anyone born after January 1989 has to have a TWRA boating certificate.

The boat show runs until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.