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You are looking at a preview of what’s in the timed South Dakota Boat Ed Course. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your South Dakota Boater Education Certificate.

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South Dakota Boating Law Enforcement

South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks officers and all other law enforcement officers enforce the boating laws of South Dakota. U.S. Coast Guard officers also patrol and have enforcement authority on federally controlled waters.

  • Officers have the authority to stop and board your vessel in order to check that you are complying with state and federal laws.
  • It is illegal to refuse to follow the directive of a person with law enforcement authority. An operator who has received a visual or audible signal from a law enforcement officer must bring his or her vessel to an immediate stop.