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ECOS - Updated March 26, 2021

Emergency Cut Off Switch. You are going to need to wear it after April 1, 2021. This is a new USCG regulation and not op...

Dues are due!

We will soon be contacting the membership for payment of the 2021 dues. Family and business are $10.00 and Individual $5...

We have a new Treasurer!

So happy to report that Debbie Andrews has volunteered to be our Treasurer. Debbie and husband Wyatt have been active su...

Jack Saunders

Jack Saunders

We will miss you. Thanks for all you did for the Lake Gaston Water Safety Council. RIP

Worth Repeating

I received in the mail my new NC 2024 boat decal. Inside the envelope was a good message worth repeating. Last year, 13...

Happy Holidays!

Thanks Lea Beazley for helping us spread holiday cheer!

In the drink

I write an article on water safety which appears bimonthly in the LGA Bulletin. Usually, it is pretty easy to come up wi...

Dam to Dam Challenge

12th Annual Dam Dam Paddle ChallengeThe Doug Benson Kerr Dam to Gaston Dam Challenge is Saturday, October 24. If out on...

Lake Vegetation Survey

Although not a water safety issue, it is about our lake. We need volunteers to do the survey EAST of the EF bridge Volun...

Game plan for 2020

The message below was sent to the membership. If you didn’t receive that means we do not have your correct email. Please...

August Meeting Canceled

North Carolina is still in Phase 2. We are sounding like a broken record but the Board decided to cancel this meeting. I...

June Meeting Canceled

June Meeting Canceled

In case you didn’t hear, the Board agreed to cancel our June monthly meeting due to Covid-19. Assuming we can get out of...

Waterway under Eaton Ferry Bridge is now a no wake zone

No Wake Zone at Eaton Ferry Bridge

The Lake Gaston Water Safety Council (LGWSC) would like to remind you that the waterway under the Eaton Ferry Bridge is now a NO WAKE ZONE.

To increase boating safety at this location, buoys will be installed as soon as possible to designate a No-Wake Zone from shore-to-shore within 50 yards on each side of the bridge. In No-Wake Zones, vessels are required to travel at idling speed, creating no appreciable wake.

Our boating safety classes are taught on the third Saturday of each month from March to September. For information on enrolling in this class – please call 252 535-3335.

Public Education

America's Boating Course is an eight-hour course covering the basics of boating and is appropriate for youth as well as the adult boater. Successful completion of this course satisfies the education requirement for youth to operate a PWC in both Virginia and North Carolina. Remember: Virginia now has a law that all boaters in the waters of Virginia will have to show proof of taking a Boating Course. North Carolina Law effective 1 Jan of 2014 requires that all PWC and Motor Boat Operators born after 1 Jan 1988 will have proof of taking a Boating Course, if they are operating a vessel with a 10 HP engine or greater. The fee for the course is $30. Pre-registration and prepayment are required.

Contact Info

Lake Gaston Water Safety Council
PO Box 207
Henrico, NC 27842
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Lake Gaston Water Safety Council Services

  • Promotes participation in Boating Safety Education +

    Our boating safety classes are taught on the third Saturday of each month from March to September. For information on enrolling in this class – please call 252 535-3335. Public Education Read More
  • Mobile Safety Trailer at special events +

    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 Read More
  • Children's PFD (Life Jacket) loaner program +

    Water safety 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 Read More
  • Provide Safe Boating Tips +

    In this article, I am only going to focus on the markers on Lake Gaston. In my next article I will focus on the ‘lateral markers,’ or what we call Read More
  • Monthly presentations on boating safety +

    Unless otherwise noted, eight meetings are held the last Wednesday of each month during the boating season. The evening customarily commences about 6 P.M. (1800 hrs) with a "Social Hour" Read More

ABOUT THE LGWSC

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.

About the Lake Gaston Water Safety Council

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