One month until mandatory boater education rule is enforced

The Dept. of Land and Natural Resources reminds boaters that beginning Monday, Nov. 10, all individuals who operate a motorized vessel in Hawaii’s waters must have taken a boating safety class and show proof of certification.

“Currently, there are two Internet courses, multiple classroom courses available throughout the state and the department’s own home study course available to boaters,” said William Aila, Jr., DLNR Director.

“Those who have already taken a boating safety class approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators may also be considered exempt, can be made compliant or can take advantage of compliance classes that greatly shorten the certification process,” said Aila.

Any person violating this rule shall be fined not less than $50 and not more than $1,000 or sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than 30 days, or both, for each violation; the court may also prevent an individual from operating a vessel in State waters for up to 30 days.

Full details about the mandatory education rule and compliance methods available for boaters is posted on the DLNR’s Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation website.

Mandatory education for boaters has been endorsed as a method to reduce boating related fatalities by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, National Safe Boating Council, and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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