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New Boating Regulations:

“After May 1, 2010, every person under the age of 26 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course before operating any vessel propelled by a motor of 10 HP or greater in the state of North Carolina.”

”North Carolina has the following restrictions for the operators of personal watercraft: No person under 14 years of age may operate a PWC. A person at least 14 years of age but less than 16 years of age may operate a PWC , if the person is accompanied by a person at least 18 years of age who occupies the PWC, or the person possesses ID proof of age and boating safety certification or card indicating the satisfactory completion of a NASBLA boating safety education course.”

“A person 16 years of age or older may operate a PWC without completing a boating safety course, however a course is recommended. The owner of a PWC must not knowingly allow a child under the age of 16 to operate a craft except as provided above.”

Below is a partial list of organizations and web sites that provide NASBLA approved courses:

  • Instructor Led Courses:

    • North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission - 1-919-707-0032

    • Light House Marine Services - 1-704-587-0325

    • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary - 1-800-336-BOAT

    • US Power Squadron Home Page - 1-888-FOR-USPS or 704-662-3647

  • Online Courses:

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