How we came to be...
The Lake Gaston Water Safety Council was formed on February 22, 1989. We are thankful for Joe Peterson, formerly with what is now known as Dominion Energy, for envisioning the need back in 1988 to organize a group of interested persons who lived on the lake to solely focus on safety on the water. Much has happened over the last 20 plus years.
As the years passed and more people started to use the lake, boating and boating related accidents became more frequent. Boating safety and training were the initial offerings of the WSC. In 1991, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 93 was chartered.
Several near electrocutions relating to improperly installed boat lifts resulted in the WSC developing recommendations for proper grounding and the use of ground-fault receptacles. Through it all the WSC has evolved and enjoys excellent working relations with Dominion Energy, local officers of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the Virginia Game and Inland fisheries. In addition, we partner with key business and organizational stakeholders around the lake.
You will read elsewhere on our web site information about training presented by Flotilla 93, our life jacket loaner program, information about our Safety Trailer, why we now have hazard and navigational buoys (there are over 32) and the mile markers which cover the lake from the dam to 34 miles to the western edge. The need to think about safety never stops and we have much more to do.
We would love to have you join the Water Safety Council so you too can boat and play safely at Lake Gaston.
Your membership helps to support the many water safety activities carried on by the Lake Gaston Water Safety Council. Annual dues help to support our Water Safety Trailer, the exchange program, and the Children's PFD (Life Jacket) loaner program along with many other activities in the lake area.
Lake Gaston Water Safety Council
PO Box 207
Henrico, NC 27842
Please consider supporting the LGWSC to keep Lake Gaston waters safe! Every little bit counts...
Donations to LGWSC are tax-deductible to the fullest as we are a 501(c)(3) organization.
The Lake Gaston Water Safety Council (LGWSC), is a non-profit 501(c)(3), public service organization serving the boating public throughout the North Carolina and Virginia areas surrounding Lake Gaston.
Some situations require us to attend legislative hearings, where we consult with sponsoring lawmakers. During those sessions we provide input to area representatives regarding safety issues in and around Lake Gaston.
We take pride in our programs and achievements that keep boaters and their passengers safe while cruising the waters of Lake Gaston. ...Review 2016 Achievements
The LGWSC actively promotes participation in Boating Safety Education courses. ...Find Out More
We operate a mobile Safety Trailer at special events in the Lake Gaston area. ...Find Out More
We put in-place a free "Children's PFD (Life Jacket) loaner program" for child safety. ...Find Out More
We provide 'Safe Boating Tips' on subjects such as navigation, cleaning boats, etc. ...Find Out More
Our monthly meetings feature presentations on boating safety issues. ...Find Out More
During the general boating season each year, the Lake Gaston Water Safety Council (LGWSC), as a public outreach service, operates a colorful informational Safety Trailer staffed by its members to provide a wide range of informational literature concerning boating laws and regulations.
It is important to be familiar with Lake Gaston Accident Reporting procedures and to know how to report boating violations. We provide this information in addition to how to use 911 while boating; cell phone restrictions; how to report missing or damaged buoys; and law enforcement contact numbers.
Water safety on Lake Gaston is extremely important - especially when it comes to our children. Lake Gaston property owners often have visits from friends and family, only to find they don't have enough or the right size life jackets to accommodate all. Our life jacket loaner program solves those issues.