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Cover of PA Boating Handbook This handbook was prepared to provide boaters with information they need to know when operating watercraft on Pennsylvania waterways. It reviews the Commission’s boating regulations and includes information and tips to follow while boating. It does not present the actual laws and regulations.

This handbook is the text for the Commission's Pennsylvania Basic Boating eight-hour boating course. Use the following information as a resource to make your boating trips safe and enjoyable.

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Chapter 1 – Boating in Pennsylvania
Chapter 2 – Legal Requirements
Chapter 3 – Boat Operation
Chapter 4 – Other Water Activities
Chapter 5 – Safety and Rescue
Chapter 6 – Resource Protection
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The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission receives federal aid in sport fish restoration and boating enhancement. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 509 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin or handicap. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any Commission program, activity or at a Commission facility, please write to: PA Fish & Boat Commission, Human Resources, P.O. Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000, or Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240.

Persons with disabilities who wish to participate in a Fish & Boat Commission program and who anticipate the need for special accommodations should telephone (717) 705-7833. This publication is available on our web site at www.fishandboat.com and may also be obtained as a computer file (alternate accessible format) by contacting the phone number above. Persons using a TTY should dial Pennsylvania Relay telephone number 711 to contact us.

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