Boating safety class set April 28

Image A free seminar on cold-water boating safety is Saturday, April 28, at the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation headquarters, 5657 Warm Springs Ave.

The seminar is 10 a.m. to noon. For details or to register, call Dave Dahms at 514-2412 or email

"One of the challenges in Idaho is that higher air temperatures in the spring can cause a false sense of security for boaters," said Dahms, state boating law administrator.

When it is 80 degrees and sunny outside, it is hard to imagine the potential dangers of cold water when you are boating and fishing, he said. Water temperatures in rivers and reservoirs may only be in the 40s and 50s due to runoff from snowmelt.

Jetboating on the Salmon River - Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman