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New boater requirement soon takes effect

Huggins sales manager Scott Romero Huggins sales manager Scott Romero

Boater operators born on or after January 1, 1998 will be forced to take a state's boating education class.

Those between ages 12 and 15 can legally operate a vessel however it has to be less than 16 feet in length with an adult supervising. This group and those younger will have to have passed the boater education course and have proof if they want to continue to operate. 

However, the State Department of Natural Resources say they will offer exemptions. Boaters who are licensed by the Coast Guard, are on private waters or have already taken a course in another state do not have to take the Georgia boaters education class. 

Huggins sales manager Scott Romero says starting at a young age on how to correctly operate a boat will give kids  confidence when out on the water and be a resource for other boaters who may need assistance. 

These classes will be offered through a few different platforms, DNR has an in class course as well as some offered online so you can learn in the comfort of your own home. There are some fees that do apply depending on what course path you choose.

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