(1) Outfitters and guides are required to hold current basic first aid certification at all times actively licensed.

(2) Basic first aid certification must be obtained through a provider and course approved by the department based upon the following minimum criteria:

(a) The provider must require written or practical tests and participants are to receive completion certificates.

(b) The provider program must include, at a minimum, universal precautions for self-protection and training specific to the following types of injuries:

(i) shock;

(ii) bleeding;

(iii) poisoning;

(iv) burns;

(v) temperature extremes;

(vi) musculoskeletal injuries;

(vii) bites and stings; and

(viii) medical emergencies.

(c) Instruction in the principles and first aid intervention of injuries must refer to body extremities.

(3) A list of approved providers and courses shall be maintained on the board web site.

(4) An applicant may also meet basic first aid certification if the applicant provides proof of a certification, license, or other credential that is equivalent to or greater than basic first aid certification, approved on a case-by-case basis by the department. The board may also maintain on its web site a list of certifications, licenses, and other credentials that will be routinely accepted as equivalent to or greater than basic first aid.

(5) Whenever guests are present, each watercraft; vessel; vehicle; primary, secondary, and temporary base of operations must possess a serviceable basic first aid kit.

(6) Each watercraft or vessel shall contain a serviceable U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device for each person onboard and a rescue throw line measuring at least 55 feet in length. Children under 12 are required to wear a personal floatation device. Watercraft 16 feet and longer are required to be equipped with a throwable Type IV floatation device. Personal floatation devices must be readily accessible at all times.

(7) All watercraft or vessels are required to carry onboard a supplementary means of power, such as an extra motor or extra oar that will adequately motivate the craft.


History: 37-47-201, MCA; IMP, 37-47-201, MCA; NEW, 1992 MAR p. 439, Eff. 3/13/92; AMD, 1996 MAR p. 668, Eff. 3/8/96; AMD, 1999 MAR p. 809, Eff. 4/23/99; AMD, 2000 MAR p. 730, Eff. 3/17/00; TRANS, from Commerce, & AMD, 2006 MAR p. 324, Eff. 2/10/06; AMD, 2010 MAR p. 1889, Eff. 8/27/10; AMD, 2011 MAR p. 2149, Eff. 10/14/11; AMD, 2015 MAR p. 58, Eff. 1/30/15; AMD, 2017 MAR p. 1900, Eff. 10/14/17; AMD, 2019 MAR p. 850, Eff. 6/22/19; AMD, 2020 MAR p. 1157, Eff. 6/27/20; AMD, 2021 MAR p. 1407, Eff. 10/23/21.