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Boating in Wisconsin

Stand-up paddle boarding is the fastest growing water sport in the world. With the rise in popularity, many paddle boarders often forget that being on a paddleboard requires the same safety precautions and vigilance as any other activity on the water, which includes having a life jacket on their board. But DNR strongly recommends wearing the jacket. "Wearing a life jacket significantly reduces the chance of injury or death."

Safety Statistics
For Annual Safety Report and Current Crash Summaries.
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for a safety class to get a safety certification card (operator license).
your boat.
the regulations to know the laws [PDF].

Anyone born on or after January 1, 1989 is required to complete a boating safety course to legally operate a motorized boat or personal watercraft (PWC) on Wisconsin waters. DNR Conservation Wardens recommend all boat operators complete a safety course.

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Penny Kanable
Recreational Boating Specialist

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Last Revised: Wednesday May 22 2019