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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 15. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Chapter 410. Watercraft: Boating Safety Education
1/20/2020

4VAC15-410-120. Requirements for Motorboat Rental and Leasing Businesses and the Dockside Safety Checklist Program.

A. Any person, business, or organization that provides a motorboat with a motor of 10 horsepower or greater or personal watercraft for rent or lease shall provide the rental/lease boat operator with a dockside safety checklist provided by the department. Other persons authorized to operate such boat shall also be provided with the dockside safety checklist.

B. A dockside safety checklist shall consist of selected facts about Virginia boating laws and safe boat operation.

C. The authorized operator(s) of the rental/leased boat shall review and initial each item in the dockside safety checklist before they may operate the boat being rented or leased.

D. The dockside safety checklist for the authorized operator(s) shall be retained on board the boat being rented or leased, along with the rental or lease agreement from the motorboat rental or leasing business, when the boat is being operated.

E. Any person who presents documentation that he has met the minimum standards for boating safety education course competency in accordance with 4VAC15-410-40 B or possesses a valid license to operate a vessel issued to maritime personnel by the United States Coast Guard or a marine certificate issued by the Canadian government or possesses a Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator's Card or possesses a valid commercial fisherman registration pursuant to § 28.2-241 of the Code of Virginia shall be exempt from the dockside safety checklist requirements. For the purpose of this subsection a license is considered valid regardless of whether the license is current.

F. Pursuant to § 29.1-735.2 B 6 and 8 of the Code of Virginia, a person may be allowed to operate the rented/leased boat without completing the dockside safety checklist as long as he is operating under the onboard direct supervision of a person (i) who has completed a NASBLA approved boating safety course that is accepted by the department or (ii) who is otherwise exempt from the dockside safety checklist requirement or has assumed operation of the boat due to the illness or physical impairment of the initial operator, and is returning the boat to shore in order to provide assistance or care for the operator.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-103, 29.1-501, 29.1-502, 29.1-701, and 29.1-735.2 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 24, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2008; amended, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 09, eff. January 1, 2013.

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