(1) A person who acts or offers to act as an outfitter and guide using boats to carry passengers on the waters of this state shall:
(a) Equip each nonmotorized boat that is under the direct operation of an outfitter and guide or an employee of an outfitter and guide to carry passengers on waters rated as class III or higher on a commonly accepted scale of river difficulty with a rescue throw bag, complete with a length of artificial fiber rope and a buoyant bag;
(b) On any section of waters rated as class III or higher on a commonly accepted scale of river difficulty, require that all persons physically providing outfitting and guiding services and all passengers wear a properly secured United States Coast Guard approved personal flotation device of a type prescribed by rules adopted by the State Marine Board; and
(c) If the outfitter and guide operates nonmotorized boats carrying passengers on any section of waters rated as class III or higher on a commonly accepted scale of river difficulty, require that all persons physically providing outfitting and guiding services:
(A) Prior to providing the services, have completed at least one trip on that section of waters in a nonmotorized boat; and
(B) Have been trained in equipment preparation and boat rigging, understanding and recognizing river characteristics and hazards, methods of scouting rapids, methods of physically guiding boats through rapids, proper client communication, how to provide paddling and safety instruction and methods of river rescue techniques, including emergency procedures and equipment recovery.
(2) Subsection (1)(b) of this section does not apply to motorized boats that are inspected by the United States Coast Guard. [2005 c.438 §7]Section: Previous 704.025 704.030 704.035 704.040 704.045 704.050 704.060 704.065 704.070 704.500 704.510 704.520 704.525 704.900 704.990 Next
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