Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bill Cochran's Mailbag: Many required to take boating safety course

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BILL: I need to figure out when I must take a mandatory boating safety course here in Virginia. I know the requirement is being phased in, but just where are we in this process?


C.B. As of July 1, 2012, the law required all personal-watercraft operators and motorboat operators age 30 or younger who operate boats with motors of 10 hp and greater to have completed a certified boating safety course.

On July 1 of this year, the requirement jumps to age 40. It is age 45 and younger beginning July 1, 2014; age 50 and younger July 1, 2015 and all ages by July 1, 2016.

Additional information, along with various classes available, can be found on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Web site,


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