N.D. Game and Fish: Boating course available for youthThe North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds outdoor enthusiasts of the requirements for youngsters operating a watercraft.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds outdoor enthusiasts of the requirements for youngsters operating a watercraft.
State law requires youngsters ages 12-15 who want to operate a boat or personal watercraft with at least a 10 horsepower motor to first pass the state’s Boating Basics Course. In addition, major insurance companies give adult boat owners who pass the course a premium discount on boat insurance.
The course is available for home-study from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Bismarck office. Two commercial providers also offer the course online, and links to those sites can be found by accessing the department’s website at gf.nd.gov.
While the home-study course is free, students will be charged a fee to take it online. The online provider charges for the course, not the Game and Fish Department. The fee stays with the online provider.
Upon completion of the online test, and providing a credit card number, students will be able to print out a temporary certification card, and within 10 days a permanent card will be mailed.
The course covers legal requirements, navigation rules, getting under way, accidents and special topics such as weather, rules of the road, laws, lifesaving and first aid.
For more information on Boating Basics contact Nancy Boldt, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 701-328-6300.