Boater Safety Course Required In Georgia Starting July 1

Saturday, June 7, 2014

In Georgia beginning July 1t, completion of a boater education course will become mandatory for all vessel operators born on or after January 1, 1998. 

“In an effort to provide a mechanism for ensuring that Georgia boaters are knowledgeable, boaters will be required to complete a boating education course,” said DNR Lt. Col. Jeff Weaver, assistant director of law enforcement. “After all, tragedy can happen quickly and making an effort to learn boating laws, rules and regulations can potentially save a life – including your own.”     

 The new boater education requirement states that any persons born on or after January 1, 1998 that operate any motorized vessel on the waters of the state must have completed a boat education course approved by the Department prior to such operation.  A person is exempt if he or she is:

 ·         A person licensed by the Coast Guard as a master of a vessel;

·         A person operating on a private pond or lake;

·         A non-resident who has in his or her possession proof that he or she has completed a NASBLA- approved boater education course or equivalency examination from another state.

 There are three ways to take the course – classroom, online or home study program.  Find out more at www.gadnrle.org/node/33.

For information on the mandatory boater education requirement, including a new video, visit www.gadnrle.org/node/42.


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