Next year, July 1, 2016, Virginia law will require all boaters regardless of age to pass a Boater Education Safety course and to carry the license card while on the water. Support?
Absolutely. That's the law in Oregon. People need to prove they understand basic rules and nautical safety. A lot can go wrong in a hurry out on the water. I don't want some moron putting me at risk.
You need a license to legally operate a car, you should need one for a motorized boat too
Where I'm from its a 4 hour class and a simple test and then you're good for life. Just be lucky you don't have to renew every year or so. And to all those bitching, we should eliminate drivers licence and gun license so everyone can drive and shoot.
Firearm ownership is a RIGHT .gov has no rights to infringe on it.
Regardless of age??? Does that include little children???
If they can buy and own their own boat, sure.
You can't drive a PWC if you're under 14. And every PWC operator has to have the license.
Omg I read that question wrongXD for some reason I thought it meant to be in a boat which sounded ridiculous, makes a lot more sense now
As long as this only applies to the people operating the boat. Im not taking some courses and getting a special license just to sit on a boat.
Seems reasonable - I'm surprised it wasn't already required.
Nope. Before 2007 there were no restrictions at all.
Besides obvious laws and Coast Guard requirements.
They require that here.I had the course to run my electric motor.
That's fucking gay, if you manage to crash your boat into another on the open lake you don't deserve to live in the first place
It's not about crashing in a lake. Most lakes here can only accommodate vessels with a motor under 10hp, which is excluded from the license law anyway.
Not a good law. I had to take one when I was younger to drive a boat since I wasn't 18. The course takes about 8 hours and teaches you common knowledge stuff
Common to you
Nope. Just more .gov trampling liberty.
What does a top-level domain reserved for governmental websites have to do with anything?
Umm, overextending its authority? We are not subjects to .gov. They work for us.
After dodging tourists who don't know what they're doing, I think it's a great idea,
Maybe a bit of context here: I'm Inupiaq and I come from a culture where the ocean is our garden. The idea that a government could restrict access to it is disgusting to me. I'm all for availability of safety courses and strongly encourage people to
take advantage of them, but for people who have been boating for decades or who rely on boating to feed their families, this is essentially a worthless tax on the practice.
This doesn't restrict access at all. It's free online. Too many people are getting access to the water without understanding the rules of the water. It's so necessary.
Free online is restrictive in itself. Many people in rural Alaska, in fact MOST people in rural Alaska, don't have internet access. Plus, most of them have been learning safe boating practices since before they could talk.
Do they have police stations? Also the law can't differentiate between a lifelong boater and a liar. As more and more people have access to water, there have to be standards to keep people safe. I can see Alaska being exempt because of sparse pop.
"Have to be standards to keep people safe." Absolutely. Require lifejackets, make boating traffic regulations, etc. And fine or jail violators according to severity. But boating has a subsistence element that driving does not. There aren't public
transportation options for the water like there are on land. Traffic isn't as dense (except maybe in the immediate vicinity of a dock or marina where speeds are carefully regulated anyway).
But that's the thing. The water is one of the most unregulated places. I think licenses ensuring that people know what they're doing is not a bad thing. I don't think mandating an 8 hour, online powerpoint is restricting anyone.
And it's only for boats with a motor over 10 hp. Operators of john boats with a 9.9 or lower don't need the license. I've had to tell people that jet ski operators have to have a life jacket on and be out of the water before sunset. Basic stuff.
I assume that there's a big difference between VA and Alaska. VA waterways can probably get pretty crowded and most people boat for recreation and not to live off the sea.
Around the resort areas, but here it's just as much for food. Crabbing is also huge, of course..
JEN, QUESTION¦ Does PETA come after you.
Yes, there have been animal rights activists who expressed opposition to cultural subsistence hunting and fishing activities.
Do they tell PETA to go away? I was always interested how the native Alaskan/ Canadian was treated. They hunted to live a difficult life.
Well I hold a merchant mariner's license with the coast guard so I won't have any trouble with that.
No. Just ANOTHER little law to put more power in the governments hands.
Or something to protect everyone from idiots. You wouldn't believe how few people know the rules of the water.
I don't think the government should have the right to restrict access to the water.
They're not. They're requiring boaters to have a license. Needing a license for a car doesn't restrict your right to be outside.
That's apples to oranges. You can't be out on a body of water without a boat.
....um. Kayak, canoe, row boat, paddleboard, boat with a 9.9 hp motor.... Plenty of things.
Right now, it's everyone under 50. Then next year it will be everyone. All PWC operators have to have a boating license.
Is there a fee involved?
There's free and fee based courses.
Just like with driver's licenses.
It's a bit of a joke, though. You can go to Boat US's website and take it for free. Some have even figured out that you can get by the timed course pages.
I had someone ask me what the channel markers are for. From that moment on, I quit regarding it as a joke.
Really? That's ridiculous.
Yeah. People buy boats and have no idea about no wake, sailing vessel right of way, markers, reading charts... I can go on all day.
Yep. They shouldn't be on the water until they learn.
Boaters who are ignorant of boating laws and regulations should absolutely be policed and fined or arrested accordingly. But permitting the process is ridiculous. A government safety course is redundant when many boaters learn through childhood.
Not many. Many fishermen do. Boaters, no. At least not here. And if they're going to be policed, then their needs to be a standard to hold them to. This is easier than tasking 8 marine cops to watch out for everyone.