Virginia Boating Safety Education Classroom Course

Virginia  Boating Safety Education Classroom Course

Monday  May 9 AND Wednesday May 11…you must attend BOTH days

6pm til 9pm

Who needs a  Boater Education?


In 2007,  the Virginia General Assembly enacted a law to establish a boating safety  education compliance requirement. This requirement will be phased in over the  next several years and by 2016, all  operators of PWCs (Personal  Watercraft such as jet skis, Sea Doos, Wave Runners) and operators of Motorboats  with a 10 hp or greater motor, will be required to have a boating safety  education course completion card on board when operating a PWC or Motorboat. As  of July 1,  2010, operators of PWCs 35 years and younger must  show proof that they have completed a boating safety course. On July 2,  2011, operators of PWCs 50 and younger and  operators of motorboats 20 and younger must show proof that they have completed  a boating safety course.


Course  Description

This  course is recommended for motivated students age 12 and older with good reading  and comprehension skills who want to learn more about the fundamentals of safe  and responsible boating. Course materials are on a 6th grade reading level.

Course  is sponsored by United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 83, Virginia  Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF). Subjects covered are Choosing  the Right Boat, Boat Hulls, Motors, Legal Requirements, Navigation Rules,  Cruising, Docking, Anchoring, Knots, Accidents, Alcohol Consumption, Fire on  Board, Weather, Trailering, Water Sports, and Personal Watercraft.


A  typical Boater Education course lasts 6-8 hours with exam time depending on the  class location and instructor. (Monday  night and Wednesday night). THERE IS A  TEST ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT!!


Course  is free, but registration is required. Each graduate earns a wallet card showing  successful completion of the class and is registered with the DGIF Education  Division in Richmond. This course is approved by the National Association of  State Boating Law Administrators and recognized by the United States Coast  Guard. Instructors are certified by the DGIF. Most major insurance companies  endorse the course and allow insurance premium discounts to graduates. This  course meets the requirements of the new Virginia Boating Safety Laws.


For  information and to register, contact Cookie at 385-2914 or

Please  let your friends and family know about this class. We have room for 200 people  to attend.



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