Welcome to Boat Ed Rhode Island

Free boat safety course. Study at your own pace, take unlimited Practice Exams.

FreeCourse and Practice Exam

By passing the online Practice Test,
you will be well-prepared to pass
the proctored Final Exam.

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  • Comprehensive Course
  • Best Prep for Proctored Exam
  • Rhode Island DEM Approved
  • NASBLA Approved
  • Study at Home for Free
  • Free Practice Exams
  • The Official RI Course
  • U.S. Coast Guard Recognized

Approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators

Boat Ed Rhode Island is the official boating safety course developed for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM).

By studying the online course material and passing the Practice Test, you will be well-prepared to pass the proctored final exam that is required to receive your official boating safety education certificate.

Take one or more Practice Tests free of charge. When you pass the practice exam, sign up for an in-person test.

The Handbook

Rhode Island handbook cover image Get an introduction to Rhode Island laws governing boating and general information about safe watercraft operation with this handy reference guide.

Who Needs an Rhode Island Boater Education Card?

  • All those born on or after January 1, 1986, are required to pass an approved boater education course before they legally may operate any vessel powered by a motor of more than 10 horsepower.
  • Anyone operating a personal watercraft, regardless of age, must have passed an approved boater education course.