Welcome Rhode Island Boaters!
This handbook is published by
Boat Ed, the official provider
of Rhode Island's boating safety course.
Although this handbook is a convenient
reference tool, students wanting
to receive official Rhode Island boating
certification would benefit from
studying Boat Ed's comprehensive
boat safety course.
safety course material has
been developed in conjunction with
the Rhode Island
Department of Environmental Management, and is the same
material used in their classroom
courses. Take the
official Rhode Island boating safety
In This Handbook
Boating Basics includes: vessel length
and capacity, fueling, float plans, navigational rules, U.S.
Aids to Navigation, weather and other boating emergencies,
and personal watercraft (PWC) basics.
It's the Law includes: registering
information, registration fees, display of numbers, legal
operating age, required equipment, unlawful operation, boating
under the influence, reporting accidents, enforcement, environmental
restrictions, and laws governing PWC and vessels towing skiers.
Rhode Island enforcement officers
patrol our waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant.
Cooperate with them by following the suggestions outlined in this
handbook as well as the rules of common courtesy while operating