Boat­ing ed­u­ca­tion course com­pletely on­line

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST / TELEVISION -

LIT­TLE ROCK — The boat­ing ed­u­ca­tion course is now com­pletely of­fered on­line. The Arkansas Game and Fish Com­mis­sion has of­fered an on­line course op­tion for many years, but par­tic­i­pants were re­quired to print a cer­tifi­cate at home and go to a test­ing site near them to com­plete the test. Re­cent leg­is­la­tion has lifted the re­quire­ment of a proc­tored, in-per­son exam. “If you pass the test, you will re­ceive a tem­po­rary voucher to print un­til your per­ma­nent card ar­rives in the mail,” said Alex Hin­son, Boat­ing Ed­u­ca­tion co­or­di­na­tor. “The on­line op­tion is ad­min­is­tered by Kalkomey, who han­dles boat­ing and hunter ed­u­ca­tion for many states, and is cus­tom­ized to fit Arkansas’s boat­ing laws.” Kalkomey col­lects $24.50 for the course. The com­mis­sion of­fers, and rec­om­mends, free in-per­son classes for boater ed­u­ca­tion. Classes last six hours, which can be com­pleted in two nights or a full day, de­pend­ing on the course sched­uled. “I per­son­ally feel that peo­ple get a lot more out of the in-per­son classes, es­pe­cially younger stu­dents,” Hin­son said. “There’s just more op­por­tu­nity to have ques­tions an­swered and clear up any­thing that a per­son might be con­fused about. But the new op­tion is def­i­nitely more con­ve­nient.” Any­one born on or af­ter Jan. 1, 1986, and of le­gal age to op­er­ate a mo­tor­boat or sail­boat, must have suc­cess­fully com­pleted an ap­proved boat­ing ed­u­ca­tion course and carry proof while op­er­at­ing a mo­tor­boat or sail­boat on Arkansas wa­ters. To op­er­ate a mo­tor­boat pow­ered by an en­gine of 10 horse­power or more, a per­son must be 12 or older, or be un­der the di­rect su­per­vi­sion of a per­son at least 18. To op­er­ate a per­sonal wa­ter­craft, a per­son must be 16 or older, or be 12 to 15 years old and un­der the di­rect su­per­vi­sion of some­one at least 18. Chil­dren younger than 12 may only op­er­ate a per­sonal wa­ter­craft while un­der the di­rect su­per­vi­sion of some­one at least 21. Visit boat ered for more in­for­ma­tion.

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