Texas launches mandatory
boater education requirement, additional safety measures
Special to The Monitor
AUSTIN – A new state law from the recent legislative session
will require mandatory boater education for more people in
Texas, a move supporters say will save lives and make crowded
According to a legislative report by the state’s Advisory Panel
on Boating Safety, the primary cause of boating deaths
nationally is drowning, with 543 in 2009, of which 385 were not
wearing lifejackets, usually in rough weather or on hazardous
Changes to Texas laws targeting boating safety include:
mandatory boating safety education certification for anyone born
on or after Sept. 1, 1993, to operate a vessel with a motor of
more than 15 horsepower or a wind-blown vessel measuring more
than 14 feet in length.
While all boaters are encouraged to take boating safety
education, those born before Sept. 1, 1993, are exempt from
Previously, only 13- to 17-year olds were required to complete a
boating safety course to operate a vessel without adult
Texas’ state-approved boater education course is available as a
one-day, classroom training, as a home-study course or as an
online course at www.boat-ed.com.
The course takes about six hours to complete. The cost ranges
from $13 for classroom course, to approximately $25 for the
Information about boater education, including schedules of
upcoming classroom courses, is available at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/boater_education/
Boaters falling under the boater education requirement will be
required to carry a valid ID and documentation of having taken
and passed a boater education course.
Failure to meet the requirements is a Class C misdemeanor, and
violators have 90 days to complete a boater education course to
have the charges dismissed.
The 82nd Texas Legislature during its regular session clarified
the definition of a vessel to encompass such craft as standup
paddle craft, kayaks and canoes.
In Texas public waters everyone onboard a vessel that measures
less than 26-feet in length must have a life jacket available
and kids under 13 must wear one.
Kemp football camp wraps up
The Kemp Yellowjacket Football Camp wrapped up
Thursday. Pictured are (from left, back row) Coach Greg
Anderson, Zach Najarro, Cord Wood, Terrance McCloud, Cody Ross,
Cliff Cain, Brandon Hankins, Zach Burleson, (middle row) Nick
Anderson, Bradley Langston, D.W. Sivley, Josiah Brewington,
Taylor Donovan, Dakota Price, (front row) Braxton Garmon, Eathan
Brooks, Danny Spakes, Ethan Carrizales, Derek Clamon, Cameron
Clamon, John Brooks.
MLLFA to host carnival
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK-The Mabank Little League Football Association (MLLFA)
will host its inaugural carnival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 30.
Shay Ray's Barbecue will provide food for sale, and local band
“Full Circle” will perform.
Bracelets and tickets for children to participate in the many
games will be made available. Also, several businesses from the
area are volunteering time to set up carnival-style games for
children to enjoy.
There is no charge for businesses to participate by helping out
at the event, but there is a $50 spot fee for businesses wishing
to sell merchandise. The fee will allow sales of anything but
Please contact Amber Dunn at (903) 340-5171, or by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot, or if you have
All benefits will go to the MLLFA to help support local little
league football teams.