State certified boating safety course mandatory for Hawai'i boatersUPDATED 7:10 PM HST May 23, 2014Video Transcript
From the seasoned sailor to the nautical novice, everyone who operates a power boat will need to take a state certified boating safety course by this fall. Clifford inn, division of boating and ocean rec. IN: 25:21 JUST LIKE YOU'RE OPERATING A CAR ON THE ROAD WE WANT EVERYONE ON THE ROAD TO HAVE THE SAME UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES You can get them by taking the class online on websites like boatus.org for free... Others cost up to $50 and can take five hours. Or you can take them in person with the Hawaii Power Squadron or Coast Guard Auxiliary. Nats of boat on water Though the classroom is usually indoors, instructor Jeffrey Maltman from the Coast Guard Auxiliary took us on the water to show us first hand what boaters will learn in their nine hour course. Nats: 11:32 of horn beep! From knowing when to sound the horn, to having the right amount life jackets on board to the marine radio, the course teaches you the basics of on the boat. JEFF MALTMAN, US COAST GUARD AUXILIARY IN: 32:23 YOU SHOULD REGULARLY CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATES ON YOUR FLARES, THEY ARE GOOD FOR 40 MONTHS AFTER THEY ARE MANUFACTURES THAT COMES AL A LOT QUICKER THAN YOU THINK 32:39 The Department of Land and Natural Resources approved course and also informs all operators the traffic rules of the water like the safe way to pass a boat moving at a slower rate. It also teaches you the navigational alerts and signs. JEFF MALTMAN, US COAST GUARD AUXILIARY IN:18:43 THE WORK BOATS ARE DISPLAYING DAY SHAPES WE'LL ACTUALLY TEACH YOU IN THE NAVIGATION RULES THOSE DAYS SHAPES ARE ACTUALLY TELLING US THOSE BOATS BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THEIR WORK ARE RESTRICTED FROM MOVING OVER, SO WE KNOW IF WE WERE DRIVING FULL SPEED NEAR THEM THEY CAN'T GET OUT OF THE WAY. 18:57 cam's standup close in: 27:09 DLNR estimates there are 30 thousand relate operators in the statw Whether its online or through the coast guard Auxillery he state law will be enforced November 10th Reporting from Honolulu Harbor, CT, KITV 4 news 27:20 Matzman says the course is $35 dollars. DLNR says windward community college could offer a boating safety course as early as the end of the month.