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Nebraska Game and Parks Reminds Boaters of Certification Requirement

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds Nebraska boaters that any operator of a motorboat or personal watercraft born after Dec. 31, 1985 is required to be certified in boater safety.

In addition to successfully completing a boating safety course, the operator must be in possession of a valid certificate. Nonresidents may present a certificate from their state.

To bring attention to boating safety, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators has declared April as National Take a Boating Safety Course Month. For more information, visit: http://www.nasbla.org/content.asp?admin=Y&contentid=389.

Anyone operating a motorboat or personal watercraft in Nebraska must be at least 14 years of age, and anyone age 14 or older may take the boater safety course.

“Boater safety courses save lives,” said Nebraska Boating Law Administrator Herb Angell. “While the course is required for some people, it is a smart thing to do for anyone else who boats in Nebraska. With the boating season coming up soon, now is the time to take a boater safety course.”

Boaters have two options to fulfill the boater safety requirement:

— attend a six-hour course with a proctored exam

— home study and attend a three-hour course review with proctored exam.

Visit BoatSafeNebraska.org for more information, to download home study materials or to find a list of boater safety classes across the state.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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