cmo1977, Dating back to Statehood, Alaska has never had a requirement for boating safety education. This is consistent with 27 other states (excluding youth programs). Alaska's boating accident numbers are down. And Alaska already provides boater safety education programs and other educational opportunities for all.
Per State of Alaska: "The State of Alaska does not require vessel operators to complete a boating safety course, butstay informed of any changes to state boating safety requirements."
does highly recommend them. In addition to a basic boating safety course, new boaters
should continue their education by taking a course on boat handling and operation. Boaters
must also be aware that state boating safety laws are updated annually, and boaters must
I fail to see what has changed in our State to now require boater education. I fail to see why the problems of the Kenai River should suddenly become a burden and expense to others throughout the entire State? The question is, why aren't these safety problems unique to the Kenai River being addressed for what they are? And how, in such a sad state of safety, can we possibly increase horsepower?
Do you realize how big and remote Alaska is? Who's going to pay for it? And better yet, who's going to enforce it for the 3 guys living in Ambler who run the Kobuk River?
Originally Posted by cmo1977