New Boating Regulations Effective in July

Nashville, TN (WDEF) – Two new laws concerning recreational boating will become effective next month, with the goal of increasing safety on Tennessee waters.

As of July 1st, a new law will require boaters to slow to no wake speed within 100 feet of a law enforcement vessel that is displaying flashing blue lights.

Also, there will no longer be an exemption from boating education for renters of watercraft.

Tennessee residents born after Jan. 1, 1989 are required to pass a boater education exam administered by an approved representative of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in order to operate any motorized vessel over 8.5 horsepower.

Out of state residents must show proof of successful completion of a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved boating safety course. Non-resident certification may be from their home state or any state issued course.

Tennessee residents can purchase a exam permit online or from any hunting and fishing license vendor and go to a testing location to take the exam or take a class.

Locations for testing and for classes can be found on

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