Indiana Conservation Officers will be partnering with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) to encourage boaters to Spring Aboard and enroll in a boater education course. Working in partnership with the states, many on-line course providers will offer incentives or course discounts for students who enroll in or complete a course during the Spring Aboard campaign from April 17-23, 2016..
“An informed and knowledgeable boat operator is much more likely to recognize hazardous conditions on the water and avoid a boating mishap”, said Indiana Boating Law Administrator Lt. Kenton Turner. “Classroom courses are offered through Indiana Conservation Officers. Online courses are available 24/7 and provide state specific information needed for your boating location.”
Forty-nine (49) states and U.S. territories require proof of completion of a boater education course for operators of some powered vessels. For Indiana available courses, visit: (online) https://www.boat-ed.com/indiana/index.html – (Classroom) https://www.register-ed.com/programs/indiana/104-indiana-boater-education/agency:25
For Indiana boating regulations and educational material visit: http://www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/8678.htm
According to the latest U.S. Coast Guard statistics, 80% of boating deaths occurred on boats where the operator had never received boating education instruction.