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Old April 11th, 2012, 02:22 PM   #1
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I am buying my first boat and since I was born in 79 I need to get my certification. I see that they have 8 hour classes around my area but I see that it is also offered online. Has anyone done the online training? You still have to go in and take the test.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 02:24 PM   #2
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Don't you just have to have a drivers license? Why do you need to get your cert?
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Old April 11th, 2012, 02:41 PM   #3
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Cert is NOT required unless your running a PWC.

http://boat-ed.com/mi/handbook/whomayoperate.htm

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Old April 11th, 2012, 02:51 PM   #4
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Thanks for the link. I kept reading personal water craft and assumed it inluded boats.

I guess i am all set.

Thanks
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Old April 11th, 2012, 02:55 PM   #5
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Didn't you take a boaters safety class in highschool? If so, you can just re order your certificate if you want to have it.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 03:01 PM   #6
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No I didn't. I guess the slums of Troy didn't offer it at the time. I think you work in insurance, right? Does having the cert save you money?
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for the safety of yourself and others why don't you just go take the 8 hour class? Is it that big of a deal to avoid it?
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oakland county sherriff's dept. taught my class in Waterford a couple of years ago.

check your local community
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No I didn't. I guess the slums of Troy didn't offer it at the time. I think you work in insurance, right? Does having the cert save you money?
Yes, generally a small discount though.

It's worth taking the class if you didn't grow up boating. Everyone else on the water will appreciate that you know the rules.
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+1 On taking the class... I've been boating for years, and still learned something there.

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No I didn't. I guess the slums of Troy didn't offer it at the time. I think you work in insurance, right? Does having the cert save you money?
No, but it may save your life, or someone elses.
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Safety Education Requirement

Those 14 years of age or older:

And born after December 31, 1978, may operate a PWC legally only if they have obtained a boating safety certificate.
And born on or before December 31, 1978, may operate a PWC legally without restrictions.


What exactly makes someone born on 12/31/78 any better than someone born on 1/1/79 ?
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Old April 12th, 2012, 01:50 PM   #13
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It is called grandfathering.
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It is called grandfathering.
Is that how long the safety certificate thing has been around for then? I thought it was like late 90's...

I always thought that was something that came with the advent of PWCs and the massive amount of idiots that bought them.

Edit: I suppose 1979+14=1993. I really don't ever remember hearing anything about it that far back though.

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I took it back awhile ago when I was 12 or 13. I remember being grandfathered in when they changed the rule a year or so later to 16 I believe. Now they changed it again from that. Went though it again recently with a younger family member, and I still relearned some stuff and learn other stuff that I didnt know. Worth taking, and I would say definally in person because its always good to ask the teacher/officer if you have any questions.
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Didn't you take a boaters safety class in highschool? If so, you can just re order your certificate if you want to have it.

I know this is an older post, but you wouldn't happen to know how to go about ordering a new cert. would you? I just bought skis and had no idea you needed the cert, but I did take the class in high school.
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EVERYONE should take boaters safety class,regardless of age.I am sick of people being injured,and dieing when they are trying to have fun.It only takes a few hours of your time and it could save your life,and the life of your family.

I grew up on a lake and have taken the class twice.The first time was in junior high,the second time I was in my early 20s.I took it the second time after I watched a freinds brand new checkmate destroyed,and two of my close freinds injured.The inexsperienced "boaters" that hit them were all busted up,we saved their lives,they would have drowned if we were not right there.I have seen others that didnt make it,all because they had no bussiness behind the wheel of a boat,or jetski.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 11:47 PM   #18
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I agree, I could use a brush up for sure. I stumbled in here to look around and came across this post. I was under the ASSumption that a valid drivers license allowed you to be able to operate a boat as well as a PWC.

Guess I need to see about getting The wife and I into class again. I'll have to ask if she ever took the class in school.
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I'm in the middle of the BoatU.S. online course. its pretty good for an online course IMO.

Not sure if you have to be a member or not but I don't know why anyone with a boat wouldn't be.
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I ended up finding the dnr website and re-ordering new certs for both of us. Took 4 days from the time I filled out the form online, to in the mailbox.

We're all legal now, which is just the way I like it.
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