What’s a someday boat license?

You don't own a boat yet but want to learn how to drive? Are you traveling and want to rent a boat? Then you should take a look at a one day boating license.

The terms and conditions for boating licenses vary significantly by state. For example, you may find that your state may not even have a “One Day Boating License”, but you can obtain something like a “Boating Instructional Certificate”. This shows that you have successfully completed a boat safety course. However, since this may not need to be renewed, technically it is still not a boat license.

Visit your state's official website for specific boating laws and regulations, as well as information about a one-day boating license course. This website should contain a list of the agencies that offer such training and what the law requires to deport a day. Government requirements usually depend on the age of the operator and the power of the boat engine.

Most states require training prior to operating any watercraft. Otherwise, it is still a good idea to avoid accidents for yourself and others. A boating school said the U.S. Coast Guard reported that approximately 70% of accidents were caused by boater mistakes. And, according to the American Boating Association, “A 1997 study estimated that 84% of personal watercraft (PWC) operators (including renters) had not received any boating instruction. PWC injuries account for 36% of all reported boat injuries.

The best way to ensure that you can legally operate a boat in any state is to take a boating course in your state for a one-day boating license or more. A good place to start is from the same website that you register your boat on. You may find that the paperwork is transferable and you may not even have it with you for rental as long as you sign the paperwork that shows it is complete. But there is a wise saying, "It is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it." Most importantly, the additional safety information from this course will help keep you and your passengers safe.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After acquiring a B.S. He studied zoology at OSU and has worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, in the state of Iowa and in the state of Michigan.

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