Louisiana Revised Statutes Tit. 34, § 851.36. . Boating safety education required

A. Except as provided in Subsection B of this Section, no person born after January 1, 1984, shall operate a motorboat powered by a motor in excess of ten horsepower unless he has successfully completed a boating safety class approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).  A person who has completed an approved boating safety class shall be in possession of evidence of such completion when operating such a boat.

B. (1) A motorboat may be operated if any person on board or participating in any boating activity from the motorboat is over the age of eighteen and, if required to have completed a boating safety course under the provisions of Subsection A of this Section, has completed the required boating safety course.

(2) A person who is licensed by the United States Coast Guard as a captain to operate a vessel shall be exempt from the provisions of Subsection A of this Section.

C. A violation of this Section shall be a class one violation subject to penalties and enforcement procedures as set forth in R.S. 56:31 , except that any minor charged with violating the provisions of this Section who successfully completes a NASBLA-approved boating safety class shall have the penalty waived by the court and the court shall order the violation expunged.


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