Issue of Boater Education

What's Happening in Massachusetts?

  • At the start of each boating season, the Massachusetts Environmental Police encourage people to Boat Smart From the Start by: "(1) wearing a life jacket, (2) taking a boating safety course, (3) riding in safe boats, and (4) boating sober."
  • Since 1990, Massachusetts law requires children under age 12 to wear an approved life jacket when underway (all personal water craft riders and water-skiers must do so as well).
  • Since 1995, Massachusetts has enforced drunk-operator boating laws that can impact an offender's automobile driver's license.