A new law goes into effect on May 1 for boaters in North Carolina, especially those under 26 years old.
Beginning May 1, anyone younger than 26 operating a vessel powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or greater on a public waterway must meet the requirements for boating safety education, as set by General Statute 75A-16.2
“Those boaters must take and pass a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators-approved course before taking the helm, or otherwise be in compliance,” said Capt. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator.
All vessel operators may be asked by law enforcement officers to present a certification card or proof of compliance.
To take the course online, click here.