Boater education to be required in N.C.

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As of May 1, boater education certification will be mandatory for those younger than 26 in North Carolina.

Beginning in May, anyone younger than 26 operating a vessel powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or greater on a public waterway must meet the requirements for boating safety education.

"Those boaters must take and pass a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators-approved course before taking the helm or otherwise be in compliance," said Capt. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator, in a statement.

All vessel operators may be asked by law enforcement officers to present a certification card or proof of compliance.

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