Mandatory boating education moves forward in New Jersey

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A New Jersey legislative task force, chaired by Assemblyman Robert J. Smith, has recommended that the state mandate safety training for all boat operators, according to a report in the Insurance Journal. The task force also says the state should at the very least require insurers to provide premium discounts of 10 to 15 percent to those who complete the training.

New Jersey’s current safety education rule applies only to people under the age of 25 who are operating a PWC, not to operators of powerboats or older operators.

Increased educational requirements for boating safety instructors and increased funding for marine patrols by state police were also recommended.