DNR to enforce boater education course

SOCIAL CIRCLE — The state Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division wants more boaters to be safe this summer through a boater education course.

Beginning July 1, those born on or after Jan. 1, 1998 are required to complete the education course if they are operating a vessel.

“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.”

A person is exempt from taking the education course 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.

The boater education class can be completed online, in a classroom or through a home study program. For more information about the mandatory boater education course, go to www.gadnrle.org