VA to require boating courses

RICHMOND, VA (AP) - Starting in July, some boaters will be required to take safety courses in order to operate a motorboat or personal water craft in Virginia waters.

The General Assembly passed a law in 2007 that will eventually make boating safety classes a requirement.

By 2016, all boaters will be required to take the safety class and carry a course completion card when operating a watercraft.

But after July 1st of this year, personal watercraft operators 20 years old or younger will have to be a card-carrying graduate of a boating safety course.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will enforce the new regulations.

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