Mandatory Boater Education

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As of July 1, 2014, all persons born on or after January 1, 1998 that operate any motorized vessel on the waters of the state must have completed a boat education course approved by the department prior to such operation.  A person is exempt if he or she is:

  • a person licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as a master of a vessel;
  • a person operating on a private lake or pond;
  • 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.

 

Click here to view boat education courses approved by Georgia DNR.