Welcome South Dakota Boaters!
This handbook is published by
Boat Ed, the official provider
of South Dakota's boating safety course.
Although this handbook is a convenient
reference tool, students wanting
to receive official South Dakota boating
certification would benefit from
studying Boat Ed's comprehensive
boat safety course.
safety course material has
been developed in conjunction with
the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department, and is the same
material used in their classroom
courses. Take the
official South Dakota boating safety
In This Handbook
Boating Basics includes: vessel length and capacity, fueling,
navigational rules, U.S. Aids to Navigation, and personal watercraft
It's the Law includes: registration information, registration
fees, display of numbers, legal operating age, required equipment,
unlawful operation, boating under the influence, reporting accidents,
enforcement, environmental restrictions, and laws governing PWC
and vessels towing skiers.
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department enforcement officers
patrol our waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant.
Cooperate with them by following the suggestions outlined in this
manual as well as the rules of common courtesy while operating