Virginia Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) Boating Safety Education Course

Saturday, April 27th, 2024

8:30am – 5pm
at the Galax Recreation Center
You must register online for the class at the DWR website under boating education. Class is very limited. Register early
About the Event
This is a free boating safety course and meets the requirements for earning the state boating certification. The class will begin at 8:30am and end at 5pm. The class does include an exam at the end of the day. Please pack a lunch as we will not have time to go out to lunch. The course is best suited for adults and youth older than 12 years of age.
If you have questions, please email David Gruber at
This course is recommended for motivated students 12 years of age and older with good reading and comprehension skills who want to learn more about the fundamentals of safe and responsible boating. Course materials are on a 6th grade reading level.
A typical Boater Education Course lasts 6-8 hours with exam time depending on the class location and instructor.
Who Needs Boater Education?
In 2007, the Virginia General Assembly enacted a law to establish a boating safety education compliance requirement. This requirement has been phased in over the past several years; and by July 1, 2016, all operators (regardless of age) of PWCs (personal watercraft such as jet skis, Sea Doos, and Wave Runners) and operators (regardless of age) of motorboats with a motor of 10 horsepower or greater will be required to have a boating safety education course completion card on board when operating a PWC or motorboat.
This course will enable you to become a safe boater who: boats safely respects other boaters obeys the law understands boating laws Topics covered include:  boating operations safe boating practices navigation signs boating responsibilities.



Saturday, May 4, 2024

 Co-Sponsored by Galax Parks and Recreation Dept. and the New River Trail State Park

10K Race / 5K walk begins at 9:00 am

Entry Fee:  10K Run ~ $20.00 if postmarked by April 30,2024

5K Walk $15 includes T-shirt

Race day registration is from 7:30 – 8:45 am at the Dr. Ed Dannelly Fitness Park gazebo. Registration closes promptly at 8:45 am. Awards will be given to all 10K run overall winners and 10K age group winners. The New River Trail 10K race & 5K walk will start and finish at the Dr. Ed Dannelly Fitness Park. The 10K course is an out and back course and is entirely flat as it follows Chestnut Creek. The race is on the New River Trail.   For more information contact the Galax Recreation Center at 276-236-3218.  You may register at the Galax Recreation Center


Don’t forget to register for T-Ball and Coach Pitch registration is now and ends Monday, April 22, 2024!
Make sure you don’t miss it!
T-Ball ages: 4 & 5
Coach Pitch: 6 & 7 (and 8 who have not played before)
Registration fee is $30
Register at the Galax Recreation Center

Children’s Activity Programs

Summer Activity Program (SAP) 2024

The Galax Parks and Recreation Department Summer Activity program offers quality supervision and a fun and safe environment full of multiple activities for children ages 6 to 12. Activities include: indoor and outdoor recreational games and activities, crafts, and swimming at the outdoor pool! The program operates Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5:30 pm.  Closed on July 4th. The start date of the program will be contingent upon the release date of Galax City Schools for summer break and the program will end on Friday, July 26th.

Weekly Rates:

$100.00 per child
$180.00 for two children
$270.00 for three children in the same household.

Registration Dates

City Resident/Employee ~ March 12 – 17        Open Registration – March 18  Call 276-236-3218 for more information




The Galax Parks and Recreation Department’s After School Activity Program offers quality supervision for children who attend Galax City Schools in grades K through 5. The program provides after school pick up until 5:30 pm, a snack, recreational games and activities, crafts and homework assistance. The program operates Monday through Friday except when Galax City Schools are closed for holidays, workdays, and inclement weather. If the school closes before noon for inclement weather, the program will not operate. We do operate for any closing at noon or after.

Weekly Rates:

$50.00 per child                                                $90.00 for two children in the same household

$130.00 for three children in the same household

Registration Dates                                  Open Registration – May 13

Call 276-236-3218 for more information.