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Safety Education Requirements
Age and Education Requirements
South Carolina state law requires boaters under 16 years of age to pass an approved boater education course before operating, without supervision, a personal watercraft (jet ski) or a boat powered by a 15 horsepower motor or more.
This is necessary to reduce loss of life, personal injury and property damage while increasing boating enjoyment for all those who share the water.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Boater Education Program teaches the fundamentals of safe and responsible boating. You can complete the course in one of three ways: take a six (6) hour classroom course which is preferred, take the course online or take it via the home-study program by watching a video tape.
The Boating Education Requirement is Waived for:
We strongly advise all boaters of all ages to take boating safety courses throughout their years of boating.
You can find many boaters’ education classes online. It's important that the course you choose meets the minimum standards set by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).
Six to 13 lessons / units comprise most of the online boating courses. At the end of each lesson, a quiz is given. You must pass the quiz with a minimum score of 70% before going to the next unit.
As a boat operator you have a responsibility to keep up-to-date with new boating laws and safety information. In addition to knowing the changes in South Carolina, you must also be aware of the rules in the states where you plan on boating.
A data base of all courses approved by the National Association of Safe Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) can be found here.