South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed Senate Bill 96, a bill that strengthens boater education requirements. Previously, South Carolina law required anyone younger than 16 to complete a boater education course to operate vessels, however adults did not need to have any training or education. The new law requires anyone born after July 1, 2007, to take a state-approved boater education course. Individuals who have completed this course in other states would have reciprocity in the state of South Carolina.
“With 30,000 miles of rivers and streams and the most beautiful coastline in the country, boating is a cherished pastime in South Carolina,” said Governor McMaster. “By educating boaters and promoting responsible practices, we protect the lives of those who use our waterways and encourage more South Carolinians and visitors alike to enjoy South Carolina’s endless natural treasures.”