MANDATORY BOATING EDUCATION CLASS FOR 14-15 YEAR OLDS SCHEDULED
Lincoln, Neb. – Classes are now forming for 14- and 15-year-olds who must
successfully complete a boating safety course before operating personal
watercraft anywhere in the state, as required by LB176 passed in 2000 by
the Nebraska Legislature.
Under authority of LB176, only people 16 years of age and older will be
allowed to operate personal watercraft in Nebraska waters. The lone
exception will be that a person 14 years of age or older who have not yet
reached their sixteenth birthday may operate personal watercraft if he or
she has satisfactorily completed a boating safety course approved by the
Commission and has a valid boating safety certificate in his or her
Under the new regulations it is also illegal for anyone to allow a person
under 16 to lease, hire, rent or operate a personal watercraft unless that
person is 14 years of age or older, has not yet reached their sixteenth
birthday and has met the boating safety and certification requirement.
The Nebraska Boating Basics safety course will consist of a minimum of six
formal classroom hours and be taught by instructors approved by the
Commission. Students must score 70 percent or higher on the exam to be
Nebraska will recognize the successful completion of boating safety
courses certified in other states so that people 14-and 15-years-old may
operate a personal watercraft in this state. The person must, however,
provide proof of having successfully completed a certified boating safety
course in another state. It is important to note that completion of the
Home Study Boating Education Course does not fulfill personal watercraft
education requirements for persons under 16 years.
Here are the latest additions to the growing list of Boating Education
Classes scheduled across the state. For information regarding classes in
other areas, contact your local Game and Parks Commission office or check
on the Commissions web site. Classes are forming and interested people are
urged to register early to be sure they become certified prior to this
years boating season.
Information about upcoming classes is available on the Boating page at
Nebraska Game and Parks Commissions Internet web site at
www.outdoornebraska.org. Additional information will be posted as it is
received, so check back often to learn about new classes forming in your
Newly scheduled classes include:
Sept. 26 and 27 -- 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Chadron
NPPD, 120 Chadron Ave., to register contact Karl Dailey at 308 -7432-3025.
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