Do you need a replacement card? Contact your course provider or the state Boat Safety Office. A person without a safety certificate may operate a personal watercraft accompanied by a person over 18 years of age who holds a boating safety certificate. For the purposes of this section, “accompanies” means the same personal watercraft. NASBLA reviews boat courses to determine if a course meets a specified national nautical education standard. The Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) program was created by NASBLA and through the efforts of its Inter-Agency Council of Partners. The BOAT program is accepted by the U.S. Coast Guard as the national standard for training and certification. The purpose of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) reference guide is to summarize the information gathered during research on state boat laws. With 12.7 million boats registered in the United States, Steve Hall, chairman of the National Boating Act Administrators and Administrator of Boat Rights for Rhode Island, said, “Waterways are becoming increasingly congested and operators need to know the rules of the water to have a safe and enjoyable day. If boaters learned and practiced boating safety tactics, the number of accidents would be greatly reduced. Persons under 12 years of age: Can operate a boat propelled by an engine of up to 6 HP legally and without restrictions. Cannot legally operate a boat with an engine of more than 6 hp but not more than 35 hp only if it is supervised directly on board by a person at least 16 years of age. Under no circumstances can legally drive a boat with an engine of more than 35 HP.
Persons aged 12 to 15 years: Can operate a boat with an engine of up to 6 HP legally and without restrictions. Can legally drive a boat with an engine of more than 6 HP only if it: have passed a boating safety course approved by the Department of Natural Resources and have their boating safety certificate on board, or. You will be accompanied on board by a person who is at least 16 years old. Boating safety should be a concern for everyone on the water. Whether or not your condition requires boater training, whether you own a boat or simply “on horseback,” training in boat operations, navigation and rescue techniques is important to prevent and minimize accidents when they occur. The lack of training of personal watercraft operators is also a concern. A 1997 study estimated that 84% of personal watercraft operators (including renters) had not received any instruction on the boats. Personal watercraft injuries account for 36% of all injuries reported to boats. Boating Safety Dashboards provide easy access to U.S. Coast Guard and state recreational craft safety data for evidence-based program improvements. For an overview of vessel training requirements for all states, click here.
The NASBLA 2022 Annual Report covers a variety of achievements made by NASBLA and its members, stemming from NASBLA`s policy committees, grant projects, annual events, national awards, etc. In the 1990s, the NTSB placed boat safety on its “Top 10 Most Wanted list” for safety improvements and made several recommendations focused on reducing the number and severity of boat accidents. Training recommendations included the implementation of minimum standards to demonstrate operators` knowledge of safety boat rules and capabilities, as well as a requirement for personal watercraft rental companies to provide safety training to customers. Get the latest pleasure boat safety information in your inbox on a weekly basis. Personal watercraft – Operators are not permitted to operate a personal watercraft (JetSki, SeaDoo, etc.) unless they are at least 14 years old and hold a boating safety certificate issued by State Parks, USCG Auxiliaries, or the U.S. Power Squadron because they have completed an 8-hour lesson. Of the approximately 7,700 accidents reported each year, the U.S. Coast Guard has found that nearly 70% are caused by operator error rather than vessel or environmental factors. (It is estimated that less than 10% of minor shipping accidents are reported.) Not only do incompetent boaters cause more accidents, but the accidents they cause are also more serious.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), boating deaths are second only to motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, more than 80% of recreational boat operators involved in fatal shipping accidents have not taken boat training. An untrained boater is unlikely to know what to do in a life-threatening situation, such as capsizing or overboarding, fire, shipwreck, flood or collision. Boat Education Can Lower Your Insurance Premiums NASBLA announces the release of a guide to managing multi-use waterways, third edition. Download a free copy of the 154-page full-colour guide. NASBLA Highlights Key Accomplishments in 2022 Each year, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) highlights some of its key accomplishments in its annual report. The information is subject to change at any time and the facts should be checked with the BLA if you have any questions. The information contained herein is believed to be accurate, but does not constitute legal advice. NASBLA offers more than a dozen courses ranging from Basic Crew Member to Pursuit and Stop to provide a variety of training opportunities for law enforcement officers and first responders.
Operators of motor boats of 15 HP or more must be at least 12 years old. Starts in early January 2008 with youth aged 12 to 20 and increases annually until full implementation in 2014. Motorboats – All persons born on or after 01.05.96 must now successfully complete a recognized course in nautical training in order to operate a motorboat. Approved courses include those offered by NYS Parks, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadron. Persons under the age of 10 are not allowed to take this course. NASBLA mourns the loss of Emily King, Education Coordinator, Water Rescue Expert and Boating Safety Master NASBLA mourns Emily King, 66, who passed away Nov. 10, 2022. Boater training prevents accidents and saves lives. Whether their condition requires it or not, all boaters are responsible for learning about vessel operations, communications, navigation and rescue techniques before entering the water.
The statistics confirm what logic suggests – those who are not trained as boaters put themselves and others at risk. Build a community. Connect with your colleagues. Start a discussion. Browse a library. All this and more can be found in NASBLA Connect. Memorandum of Understanding between NASBLA and Mothers Against Drunk Driving The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have joined forces. Many organizations offer a variety of boater training courses in a variety of formats (including online, video, and classroom).
Here are some of them: Persons who are at least 12 years of age but under 18 years of age may operate a motor vessel with more than 10 horsepower, including a personal watercraft, only if: Persons who are on or after 1. January 1998, can operate a vessel with an engine of more than 10 horsepower only if they have a valid boat safety certificate accepted by the Department of Natural Resources. Operators born on or after January 1, 1982 to operate motor boats over 25 hp and all PW operators. NASBLA has developed a series of state law dashboards, click here. In recent years, many states have passed laws to that effect, and further changes are in the works. Yet many states do not have education requirements for boaters. If there are educational standards and age limits for driving a car and flying an airplane, why not standards for operating a boat? persons who are at least 10 years of age but under 12 years of age may not operate a motorized vessel of more than 10 horsepower, including personal watercraft, unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or person designated by their parents or guardians and under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian or person; who is at least 18 years of age.