Boating Safety Education Bill To Be Discussed

The boating safety and education bill, S.96, requires DNR to administer a boating safety course

South Carolina is working toward a new bill in connection to operating a boat in the state.

The boating safety and education bill, S.96, requires DNR to administer a boating safety course and allows for approval of additional boating safety education courses.

Anyone who completes one of the courses will be presented with a boating safety certificate which provides proof that they are licensed to operate a vessel.

Currently, a minor under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult to drive a boat or personal watercraft, and the adult is not required to complete the safety program.

If passed, the bill makes it illegal for a person to operate a motor watercraft without the safety certificate and violations include fines up to $300.

The new regulations would not apply to anyone born on or before July 1st of 2007.

The bill has passed through the South Carolina Senate and the House Judiciary Committee is set to debate on Tuesday.