Lake Norman Boating: Educate Yourself on Safety

NC boat safety exam for Lake Norman boatersEvery year, thousands of Lake Norman boating enthusiasts take to the water to fish, sail, water ski and pursue their vessel-based recreations. To ensure the safety of the public, the Wildlife Resources Commission enforces laws and regulations that we all must observe.

One of these laws require all boat operators 26 years old and younger to complete an NASBLA-approved boating safety course before operating a vessel with a motor of 10 hp or greater. By completing and passing this safety course, you will be certified to navigate the waters of North Carolina and any other state where a safety course is required.

You can complete the course online, or you can attend an instructor-led course, which is taught by wildlife officers throughout the year. The course covers the basics of boating, as well as laws and safety practices. An exam follows the course, and you must receive a passing grade to receive a boater education card.

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To find an instructor-led course, click here. Online course can be taken a the following websites:

The websites listed above are not administered by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Please be advised, the commission only maintains records for courses offered through their agency. You will be responsible for obtaining the necessary documentation to prove you’ve completed the course.

Vessel operators who are required to have a boater education card must carry it on board and have it available for inspection by an enforcement officer. If you are caught without at boater education card, you will be fined.

Safe Lake Norman boatingEven though the law requires anyone younger than 27 to complete a safety course, many boaters take the boat safety course in order to save on their PWC or boat insurance. There is no minimum age to take the exam.

For more details about the boater education law, who is exempt from the education requirement, which courses are approved, the Certification Exam, and the application for the Boater Education Card, click here.

To learn more about Westport Marina, give us a call at 704-483-5172 or email us. When you’re ready to hit the open water, be sure to stop by and see our friendly staff for all your Lake Norman boating needs!