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The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering new mandated boater education classes at Gander Mountain in Corsicana.
The courses will be offered Sept. 29, Oct. 27 and Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.
New education regulations are now in effect in Texas for boat operators born after Sept. 1, 1993. A TPWD certified boater education course and photo I.D. is required for any person born on or after Sept. 1, 1993 to operate a vessel powered by a motor of more than 15 horsepower; or a windblown vessel over 14 feet in length.
No person may operate a PWC or motorboat powered by a motor of more than 15 horsepower on the public waters of Texas unless the person is at least 13 years of age and has successfully completed a Boater Education Course or is supervise by another person who is at least 18 years of age; can lawfully operate the motorboat; and is on board the motorboat when under way.
Proof of completion of the requirements to obtain a vessel operator’s license issued by the United States Coast Guard will satisfy the requirement for completing a boater education course.
Boater education courses from other states are acceptable if NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators) approved.
A person adjudged guilty of certain violations of state boating laws must also successfully complete an approved boater education course and pay a fine.
Violations triggering the education requirements include:
(1) any personal watercraft (operating) violation,
(2) reckless or negligent operation,
(3) excessive speed,
(4) reckless operation and excessive speed,
(5) hazardous wake or wash,
(6) circular course around any swimmer or occupant of a vessel engaged in water activities,
(7) interference with markers or ramps,
(8) obstructing passage,
(9) operating boats in restricted areas,
(10) operating vessels in scuba diving or snorkeling areas,
(11) Skiing during illegal hours or in a manner that endangers life or property.
Failure to complete the boater education course within 90 days will result in the person committing an offense that is a Parks and Wildlife Class A misdemeanor.
Class Registration and State of Texas Certification is $20. Sessions taught by well-informed United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Instructors.
For class reservations, contact Robert Capt at (903) 946-3280.
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