The course covers topics including life jacket safety, the 100-foot law, minimum age limits for boat operators, and boating under the influence laws.
“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 Lt. Col. Jeff Weaver, assistant director of law enforcement for the DNR. “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.”
This new boater education requirement states that any persons born on or after Jan. 1, 1998, that operate any motorized vessel on the waters of the state must have completed a boat education course approved by the DNR prior to such operation. A person is exempt if he or she is licensed by the Coast Guard as a master of a vessel, is operating a boat on a private pond or lake, or is a resident of another state who has in his or her possession proof that he or she has completed a NASBLA-approved boater education course or equivalency exam from another state.
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