Boating safety classes required for certain age groups

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT)- In the United States, the average age of victims in boating accidents is 42. North Carolina only requires boater safety classes for people born on or after January 1, 1988. The course is a class that establishes the foundation for safe boating. It covers everything from motor information to the different types of life jackets.

Boater, Jessica Gross, said, “I think its important to be educated when your on the water, when your on a boat, I don’t know if the date exactly means anything, I would say its more about experience.”

Wildlife officer, Gary Harrison, believes the class is important for everyone.

“I think no matter what your age or your experience level, you gain to have some benefit from a boater safety course,” Harrison said.

No matter how much experience or education you have accidents can still happen.

Harrison said, “just like people driving motor vehicles, people have had all the proper education maybe have a lot of experience under their belt, but are still prone to making mistakes”

Wildlife officers are always on the waterways checking to see if people have taken the boater safety class. If you are operating a boat and fall within the mandated age group, but haven’t taken the boater safety class, you will receive a citation.

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