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You are looking at a preview of what’s in the timed Maryland Boat Ed Course. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your Maryland Boating Safety Education Certificate.

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You've completed the material of Unit 4 of the online boating safety course!

You should now:

  • Know which boats need to be registered and how to do so
  • Be able to correctly place registration numbers and decals on a vessel
  • Know where to find the HIN
  • Know the age restrictions on operation
  • Be able to list the unlawful behaviors that should be avoided when operating a boat
  • Be able to explain the dangers of consuming alcohol or drugs while boating and the penalties for doing so
  • Be able to identify classifications and uses of PFDs and state the legal requirements
  • Know the legal requirements for fire extinguishers, backfire flame arrestors, ventilation systems, and mufflers
  • Know the legal navigation light requirements
  • Know the legal requirements for VDSs and sound-producing devices
  • Know requirements for other equipment such as diver-down flags or state-required equipment
  • Understand the legal requirements specific to PWC
  • Know the legal requirements for towing a skier with a vessel
  • Understand how to properly dispose of waste, oil, and trash and properly use MSDs
  • Know when and how to report a boating crash