Boating Safety

In 2002 the State of New Hampshire enacted a new law (Statutory Authority: RSA 270-D:10) that pertains to boat operation and boating safety on state waters. This law requires that persons born after a specified date possess a certificate of boating safety education when operating a motorized vessel with any type of power motor in excess of 25 horsepower on the public waters of New Hampshire.

WHEN DO I NEED TO COMPLY WITH THIS NEW LAW?

BOAT OPERATORS: MUST BE CERTIFIED BY:
Born on or after after January 1, 1963 January 1, 2006
Born on or after January 1, 1957 January 1, 2007
All Boaters January 1, 2008

 

To save time prior to check-in we highly recommend that you obtain a permanent certificate prior to your arrival to the Lakes Region. The course, practice exam and final exam are available online at www.boat-ed.com/nh.

Once you are certified you will not have to take the course or exam again. IT IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME REQUIREMENT.

WHERE CAN I TAKE A COURSE?

The Department of Safety, US Power Squadrons, and US Coast Guard Auxiliary all offer NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators) approved courses year-round in various locations throughout the state. Some courses require a fee. Completion of an approved course prior to January 1, 2002 will also satisfy the requirements of the law. You also have the option of taking the course online at www.boat-ed.com/nh. There is also a home study option, call 1-800-830-2268.

For further information on this law call 1-888-254-2125.


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