Think before you sink
Think before you sink
Think before you sink

Lake of the Ozarks Water Safety Council Mission Statement

The Water Safety Council Of Lake Of the Ozarks is a not-for-profit public service organization formed to:

  • Promote boating and water safety at the Lake Of The Ozarks.
  • Serve as a local (or regional) source for boating and water safety information for the general public.
  • Encourage cooperation, networking, and communication between the member agencies of the council as well as other organizations.

The Lake of the Ozarks Water Safety Council was formed in 2007 with the mission of promoting water safety here at Lake of the Ozarks. Specifically, we promote wearing life jackets and designating captains while recreating on the Lake of the Ozarks.

We are fortunate to have representation on our Council from the local area Chambers of Commerce, Missouri State Highway Patrol-Water Division, Camden County Health Department, U.S. Coast Guard, Ameren Missouri, and often times are joined by members of our local media outlets, businesses, and various interested citizens. Our mission of promoting water safety has truly benefitted from the relationships formed on this Council.

Our mission is simple: We want to keep our Lake safe. We want everyone to wear life jackets, designate a captain, and come and enjoy the Lake and all it has to offer in the safest manner possible. The safety on our Lake is imperative to our residents and to our visitors. We want our visitors to be able to share their happy, positive experiences from their time at Lake of the Ozarks, go back home, and encourage others to do the same. And in turn, this benefits our residents and businesses through the vital economic impact that is generated through tourism.

The Lake of the Ozarks Water Safety Council thanks you for your time and attention to the issue of water safety, for not only Lake of the Ozarks, but all of Missouri’s waterways.

Boater Safety Course

Register for the Boater Safety Course-

Course Date: Friday, TBD
Course Location: State Fair Community College-Lake of the Ozarks Campus
Address: Stone Crest Mall Upper Level, 3797 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach, MO 65065
Course Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

All operators born AFTER Jan. 1, 1984, MUST have the MO Boating Safety Certification Card to legally operate a motorized vessel or PWC on any MO lake. Any person may take one of the Missouri boater education courses. There is no age limit on who can take the course; however, that person should be able to follow the course material and understand the content. Missouri law states the operator of a boat must be 14 years of age unless accompanied by an adult on board the vessel. A child under 14 years of age operating a vessel (on the lakes of the state) with adult supervision would still need a boater identification card.

  • Missouri approved/MSHP- Water Division
  • Live-action, high-definition videos
  • Comprehensive instruction in MO boating safety education

The Water Patrol Division charges a $15.00 fee for the boater safety identification card and passing students will pay that fee online or by check through the postal system. There is no fee to take the classroom course which will be conducted by a local marine operations trooper.

Class size is limited so enroll today! Social Distancing AND Masks Required.


So that our lake boaters have a direct link to Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River. Based on the nature of individual questions, our Public Affairs Officers will respond to questions within a week – often within a couple of days.

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