AZBW NEWS SERVICE — The Coast Guard is seeking authority to adopt a
regulation that would require that a person operating a recreational
vessel on waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States
have a certificate showing completion of an approved boating-safety
The Coast Guard said it has submitted to Congress for its
consideration a legislative change proposal asking for authority to
establish a requirement for "proof of proficiency" of vessel
The change would amend Section 4302 (a) of Title 46, United
States Code by adding a provision giving the Secretary of
Transportation the authority to "establish minimum requirements for
recreational vessel operator proficiency."
Jeanne Timmons, executive director of the National Boating Safety
Advisory Council, advised the members of the council in an April 28
memo that the Coast Guard’s Office of Boating Safety had submitted
the legislative change proposal as the result of a resolution
adopted by the council at its April 2004 meeting.
The resolution, Timmons said, advised the CG to seek statutory
authority to require that a boat operator on federal waters possess
a certificate showing completion of an instructional course that
meets the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators
Standards on Boating Safety Education and the elements of the NASBLA
Arizona at present does not require mandatory education or
licensing for recreational vessel operators.