MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds Michiganders of boater protection certification as the warm climate starts to make a look.


The reminder comes at some point of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators Spring Aboard – Take a Boating Education Course marketing campaign.

According to the DNR, many states call for the crowning glory of a NASBLA-proven course as a way to hire or perform a powerboat.


In Michigan, boaters born after January 30, 1996, need to have a boating protection certificate to perform a boat.

Boaters born after December 31, 1978, want boating safety certificates to function as a non-public watercraft.

“If you’re at the water running a ship, or even a canoe or kayak, it’s your responsibility to do so adequately,” stated Lt. Tom Wanless, DNR Law Enforcement Division. “We strongly inspire new boaters to take a boater safety course, so they’re privy to the dos and don’ts of the water. Even if you have been on the water for years, it’s important to refresh yourself on the ultra-modern policies.”

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2017, there have been four,291 recreational boating-associated accidents that resulted in 658 deaths, 2,629 accidents, and approximately forty-six million dollars in belongings damage.

The USCG stated operator inattention, unsuitable lookout, operator inexperience, machinery failure, and alcohol use rank as the pinnacle 5 primary contributing factors in injuries.

The DNR offers boating protection training as a self-paced, online course and as a traditional classroom experience.