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New Georgia Boating Law Will Require Young Boaters To Take Class

On July 1, anybody born on or after Jan. 1, 1998 must complete a state-approved boater education course before they can operate a water vessel.

Beginning July 1, Georgia boaters under 16 must complete boater education class.
Beginning July 1, Georgia boaters under 16 must complete boater education class.

Young boaters in Georgia will have to hit the books before they hit the lakes later this summer.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said anybody born on or after Jan. 1, 1998 must complete a state-approved boater education course before they can operate a water vessel.

The new requirement goes into effect July 1.

“In an effort to provide a mechanism for ensuring that Georgia boaters are knowledgeable, boaters will be required to complete a boating education course,” DNR Lt. Col. Jeff Weaver, assistant director of Law Enforcement, said in a press release. “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.”   

Exemptions to the requirement are people who are licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as a master of a vessel, operating a boat on a private lake or pond, or have completed an approved boater education in another state.

Click here for information on the mandatory boater education requirement, including a new video

Lone Stranger June 09, 2014 at 01:44 PM
I have always been amazed that someone could go buy or rent a boat and operate it with no license or prior training. Its just idiotic for these large power boats. Hell Im too unsure of my skills to ever do something like that but a lot of folks are idiots and dont know their own limitations. This may be the only government initiative I agree with this decade.
DaMoment June 10, 2014 at 05:38 AM
Keep living...you will continue to be amazed!
Josephine Gamma June 10, 2014 at 08:28 AM
This is great and should be in place but I don't understand how you need an course on how to properly use a boat but not on how to use and store a firearm?
Lone Stranger June 10, 2014 at 09:14 AM
Ok fair enough. I can see having a firearms training program. The only problem is it will be another layer of regulation and that never solves anything.

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