for the summer. What must they do to comply with Oregon
If they plan to stay longer than 60 days, each family member who
operates the boat will need to take a course. Non-residents may operate a
boat in Oregon waters for up to 60 days without a boater education card.
Beyond 60 days, when operating a boat over 10 hp, operators of all ages
must possess a NASBLA-approved boater education card.
Nevin: New Jersey resident, age 45
Boat: 35-foot cabin cruiser
Education: New Jersey requires boaters to pass a boater safety
education course that is approved by the state. However, not all
courses approved by New Jersey are NASBLA-approved.
Question: Nevin completed the New Jersey course, so he’s
in compliance with state law. However, he regularly cruises
on the Delaware River, sailing less than half a mile to visit
Philadelphia. Is he in compliance with Pennsylvania law?
No. While in Pennsylvania waters, Nevin could be cited for violation
of state law because Pennsylvania requires boat operators to possess proof
of successfully completing a NASBLA-approved course. Unfortunately,
although they’re neighboring states, Pennsylvania doesn’t recognize the
New Jersey certificate because it’s not NASBLA-approved.
Let The Boater Beware
The bottom line in mandatory boater education reciproc-
ity is: Know before you go. In many cases, a boater education
certificate, issued by your home state and bearing the NASBLA
seal, will satisfy the requirements of the state you’re visiting, either
in your own boat or when operating a friend’s boat there. (Most
states have waivers or short tests available for operators of rented
or chartered boats.)
TIPS ON COMPLYING WITH
ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Sign up for a United
States Power Squadrons
or U.S. Coast Guard
and accepted in 31 states. It
can serve as a great brush-up
for any boater.
The BoatU.S. Foundation
for Boating Safety and Clean
Water offers a free, interac-
tive, online course and exam
that is approved by NASBLA
If you have a Coast
Guard-issued license, keep it
current and keep it with you.