Mandatory boater education for paddleboarders sinks in Legislature
Hope was to prevent fatalities
Last updated 2/11/2021 at 7:34am
A bill that would have required kayakers and paddleboarders to take a boater education course to operate human-powered water vessels was effectively killed in the state Legislature after a petition circulating on social media garnered more than 17,000 signatures in opposition in one week.
Scott Holley, president of Eddyline Kayaks, said he started the petition last week because he felt lawmakers crafted House Bill 1018 without including stakeholders, such as himself, and other leading experts in the state.
"There's an existing state boater education process where you have to sit for an onl...