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How to Use This Handbook


The Handbook of Georgia Boating Laws and Responsibilities has been prepared in the interest of promoting greater enjoyment and safety on the waters of Georgia. It is intended to provide Georgia boaters with a handy booklet explaining the requirements of the Georgia Boat Safety Act and the regulations adopted under authority of that Act.

Where to Find Additional Information

This handbook is designed to be a guide to Georgia’s boating laws for recreational boaters. The publication Boat Georgia: A Course on Responsible Boating gives additional information on safe boat handling and practices for recreational boaters.

For more advanced information, the following publications may be useful:

  • U.S. Coast Guard’s Navigation Rules
  • Chapman Piloting: Seamanship and Boat Handling by Elbert S. Maloney
  • The Annapolis Book of Seamanship by Mark Smith and John Rousmaniere

For additional courses, contact these organizations:

  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • U.S. Power Squadrons
  • American Sailing Association
  • U.S. Sailing Association

Stay abreast of new boating laws and requirements. Call the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Boating Education Office at 770-918-6408, or visit the DNR’s website at www.goboatgeorgia.com.