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When a paddle craft  canoe, kayak, or paddleboard  is found adrift, the first question is whether someone was aboard or whether it simply blew or floated away. Until the latter is confirmed, it must be assumed that someone was aboard and no longer is. A Search and Rescue mission (SAR) by the USCG must go out and search until the owner/operator can be contacted and confirms that the craft was merely adrift and that everyone is safe. This is very costly and may be needless.

The problem is that, unlike sail and power boats, most jurisdictions do not require registration numbers on all paddle craft. Without the familiar state coded numbers and letters on the bow, it is difficult to determine who the owner is and call them, unless they have taken action to identify themselves by putting their name and a telephone number on the craft...Few do.

You can help alleviate this problem by permanently affixing your name, a cell phone number, and a land line telephone number to your craft in a visible place. It doesn’t have to be large, just legible.

You can simply label your vessel by using a magic marker, paint stick, or nail polish on the hull or deck of the paddle craft.

With this identification aboard, a SAR crew finding the craft can immediately call and determine the status of the owner. If no answer, they will perform a standard search, according to conditions. But when the owner is found to be safe, the Coast Guard can save man hours, fuel, and tax dollars available for a true distress situation.

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NEW BOATING LAWS THAT EFFECT GEORGIA BOATERS

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ABS BOOK

Novice 1st 8hr course

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    We have these boating courses that are GA DNR & NASBLA approved so that you can be in compliance.
    Go to: USCGAUX Safe Boating Courses and sign up today!

Comprehensive course

 SIGNED INTO LAW ON APRIL 23, 2013 BY GOV. DEAL

     Effective July 1, 2014, anyone born on or after January 1, 1998, and those turning 16 years old thereafter, must complete a boating education course approved by the Department of Natural Resources prior to operating a motorized vessel on the waters of the state of Georgia.  This includes vessels that are owned, rented or leased.    Exemptions to this portion of the law include: those persons licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as a master of a vessel, operating the vessel on a private lake or pond, or a nonresident who has proof that they have completed a National Association of State Boat Licensed Administrators approved boater education course or the equivalent from another state. 

    This portion of the law also states that anyone 12 to 15 years old may only operate a Class A vessel if the person has passed an approved safe boater course or is accompanied by a competent adult 18 years of age or older, not under the influence and carrying proper ID.  Any motorized  vessel over 16 ft: Class 1, Class 2, or Class 3 vessels are not to be lawfully operated by anyone younger than 16 years old.

TAKEN FROM THE GEORGIA BOATING LAWS AND RESPONSIBILTIES HANDBOOK 2013

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IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN 12 TO 15 YEARS OLD DRIVING YOUR BOAT UNDER YOUR SUPERVISION...THIS EFFECTS YOU!!

History of why this Georgia boating law

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On June 18, 2012, 9 year old Jake Prince and his 13 year old brother, Griffin, were killed on Lake Lanier in North Georgia when a drunken boater collided with their family's pontoon boat. Five others were injured in the accident.
On July 8, 2012, 11 year old Kyle Glover, stepson of sever-time Grammy winner Usher, was left brain dead after a Jet Ski accident on Lake Lanier. Kyle died two weeks later after he was taken off of life support.
These two tragedies were the stimulus for legislation passed this past session strengthening the boating laws in Georgia.
SB 136, also known as the "Jake and Griffin Prince BUI Law," reduces the state's legal blood alcohol limit from 0.10 to 0.08 for boating while under the influence. The bill was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal on April 23rd in a signing ceremony at a marina on Lake Lanier.
This brings the legal intoxication limit for Georgia boaters in line with the limit for operating motor vehicles on the state's roadways. Georgia was only one of eight states that allowed a higher blood-alcohol limit for boating than for driving before this new law.
The new law also prohibits operation while under the influence of any glue, aerosol or other toxic vapor as well as increasing the penalties for those who are charged with boating while intoxicated.
A misdemeanor will now be issued for a first or second conviction, a high and aggravated misdemeanor will be issued for a third conviction and a felony will be issued for a fourth or subsequent conviction. Convictions will include a civil fine, imprisonment, community service, clinical evaluation, possible completion of a DUI Program, and a period of probation.
Also, a person's privileges to operate a vessel will be suspended for three years and will remain in effect until the person can prove they have completed a boating education course and pays a $200 fine or, for repeat offenders, a $500 fine.
Another portion of SB 136 is the "Kyle Glover Boat Education Law," that honors the memory of the 11 year old by increasing the age requirement for a child to wear a personal flotation device (life jacket) while on a moving vessel from 10 to 13 years of age.
Also, effective July 1, 2014, anyone born on or after January 1, 1998, and those turning 16 years old thereafter, must complete a boating education course approved by the Department of Natural Resources prior to operating a motorized vessel on the waters of the state of Georgia. This includes vessels that are owned, rented or leased.
Exemptions to this portion of the law include: those persons licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as a master of a vessel, operating the vessel on a private lake or pond, or a nonresident who has proof that they have completed a National Association of State Boat Licensed Administrators approved boater education course or the equivalent from another state.
This portion of the law also states that anyone 12 to 15 years old may only operate a Class A vessel if the person is accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older who has completed a boater education course. Class 1, Class 2, or Class 3 vessels are not to be operated by anyone younger than 16 years old.
 

Your local US Coast Guard Auxiliary 10-10 has the USCG approved boating courses that will fulfill much more than your obligation under the new Georgia law but ours courses are good in all states that require a boater card. Further, we offer you the to our easy to learn instruction, insuring confidence as a safe boater for you and your family!
Our courses are full of local knowledge, we explain federal & state do’s & dont’s that we make easy & fun to understand. Online courses simply can’t supply the hands on, local knowledge that the experienced instructors of the USCGAux provide.
Sometimes rules & regulations can be both boring and overreaching...
boating law, however, is just good common sense!!

Boating is fun...the US Coast Guard Auxiliary
wants you to have fun and stay safe at the same time

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EXCELENT SHORT COURSE GIVEN BY THE CGAUX 10-10
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:  fsope@cgaauxssi.us or 912-268-4532

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SUDDENLY IN COMMAND

The captain becomes incapacitated or falls overboard; you purchase a new boat and step  aboard for the first time.
You are...“Suddenly In Command.
This 4-hour boating safety workshop designed for those not generally at the helm, and will help you to know what to do...the basics in case of an emergency.
You will learn about your vessel, including nomenclature and operating principles including starting the engine. Also included are descriptions of what causes boating mishaps and how to minimize them, basic boat handling and what equipment should be on board.
Literature contains many horror stories about a passenger, who does not know how to start the engine or operate the radio, watching in horror as a strong wind blows the boat away faster than a captain who has fallen overboard can swim.
Misfortune occurs in seconds, and you have the rest of your life to be grateful that you knew what to do because you were prepared!
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