Monday, February 26, 2007
sponsored by Jake's Furnishings & Illini Bank

Coast Guard Auxiliary passes resolution urging mandatory boating safety education          Send a link to a friend

All operators of powerboats and personal watercraft urged to take classes, regardless of age

[February 26, 2007]  In their continuing effort to help save lives, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary recently passed a resolution urging state legislatures to require mandatory boating safety education, regardless of age.

The nonbinding resolution, which was passed unanimously at the auxiliary's National Training Conference in St. Louis, supplements a resolution passed in 2003. That resolution suggested that boating safety education be required for anyone under the age of 16 operating a powerboat or personal watercraft.

The latest resolution cites continuing evidence that indicates approximately 80 percent of fatalities occur on boats whose operators have not received any form of boating safety education. Moreover, statistics indicate that the average age of someone involved in a boating fatality is around 38 years old, and thus, those states that require mandatory classes for younger boaters have seen little or no impact on their boating fatality statistics.

[to top of second column]

The majority of states that have some form of mandatory education tend to base the requirements on the operator's date of birth (i.e., anyone born after Jan. 1, 1986, would be required to take a class). Anyone born before the statutory date is exempt from the mandatory class requirements. Furthermore, some states, like California, still have no form of mandatory education requirement.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary urges all boaters, including sailors and paddle craft operators, to take a boating safety course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

To find a boating safety class in your area, call 1-877-875-6296, or visit

[Text copied from news release received from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary]

< Top Stories index

Back to top


News | Sports | Business | Rural Review | Teaching and Learning | Home and Family | Tourism | Obituaries

Community | Perspectives | Law and Courts | Leisure Time | Spiritual Life | Health and Fitness | Teen Scene
Calendar | Letters to the Editor