3305b. Boating safety education; rules
required. A person born after January 1, 1974 shall not operate a motorboat on
the public waters of this State without first obtaining a certificate of
of certificate. A person who is required to have a certificate of boating
the certificate when operating a motorboat on the public waters of the State;
(2) show the
certificate on the demand of an enforcement officer wearing insignia identifying
him or her as such or operating a law enforcement motorboat or vessel. However,
no person charged with violating this subsection shall be convicted if the
person produces in court, to the officer, or to a state's attorney a
certificate which was valid at the time the violation occurred.
Exemptions. The following persons are exempt from the requirements of this
(1) a person
who is licensed by the United States Coast Guard to operate a vessel for
(2) a person
operating a vessel on a body of water located on private property; and
(3) any other
person exempted by rules of the Department of Public Safety.
(d) Rules. The
Department of Public Safety shall:
rules that establish criteria for a course of instruction in boating safety
rules relating to transient boaters and persons who hire chartered vessels;
a verbal test when appropriate;
a statewide program of boating safety instruction and certification and ensure
that a course of boating safety education is available within each county;
that a course of boating safety education is available at the earliest
practicable age for children; and
that the course includes an educational component regarding the environmental
harm caused by aquatic nuisance species and how the spread of such species may
be controlled when boaters follow specific steps to clean boats and trailers
after use in State waters.
(e) Hours of
instruction. Any course of boating safety education that is offered shall
provide a minimum of eight hours of instruction.
offering courses. The following persons may offer the course of instruction in
boating safety education if approved by the Department of Public Safety:
(1) the Department
of Public Safety;
(2) the United
States Coast Guard Auxiliary;
(3) the United
States Power Squadron;
(6) a State
(7) a public
or nonpublic school;
(8) any group,
firm, association, or person.
of certificate. The Department of Public Safety or its designee, shall issue a
certificate of boating safety education to a person who:
(1) passes the
departmentally prescribed course in boating safety education; or
(2) passes a boating
safety equivalency examination administered by persons authorized to offer the
course on boating safety education.
materials. Upon request, the Department of Public Safety shall provide, without
charge, boating safety education materials to persons who plan to take the
boating safety equivalency examination.
issuance. Once issued, the certificate of boating safety education is valid for
the lifetime of the person to whom it was issued and may not be revoked by the
Department of Public Safety or a court of law.
Certificate replacement. The Department of Public Safety shall replace, without
charge, a lost or destroyed certificate if the Department issued the
certificate or has a record that the certificate was issued.
Out-of-state certificate. A boating safety certificate issued in another state
or country in accordance with or substantially equivalent to criteria of the
National Association of State Boating Law Administrators is sufficient to
comply with the requirements of this section. (Added 1989, No. 65, § 4; amended
2009, No. 46, § 6, eff. July 1, 2010.)