Official Rhode Island Boating Safety Course Online
Take this Rhode Island–approved course to complete your online boating safety education.
Get Boating certified in 3 steps.
Study and pass the free course.
Finish any other requirements.
Get ready to go boating!
Rhode Island Boating Education Requirements
All operators born on or after January 1, 1986, must have the Rhode Island Certificate of Boating Safety Education to operate a vessel powered by a motor of more than 10 horsepower. All operators, regardless of age, must have successfully completed an approved boater education course to operate a personal watercraft (PWC). The boating safety certificate must be carried onboard the vessel.
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management/Environmental Police Requirements
There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.
You do not have to be a resident of Rhode Island to take this online course.
After this Course
After studying the free material and taking the Practice Exam, you are required to attend the In-Person Exam to complete your Boating safety certification.
What to Expect From Boat Ed
Live‐Action, High‐Definition Videos
Our course videos feature a combination of professional educators (who double as professional actors), entertaining storylines, and up‐to‐date scenarios that give you one of the most effective ways to learn safe boating practices.
Comprehensive Instruction in Rhode Island Boating Safety Education
This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Boating safety education established by Rhode Island. Boat Ed is the only safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of government agencies responsible for Boating laws and regulations.
Learn Your Way on Any Device
Boat Ed offers online courses that are fully mobile-friendly from start to finish. This safety course is designed to work on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.
You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or a little at a time over several days. Log in and out at any time, and we'll keep track of your progress. Most students finish the course in a few hours.
We’re people, not robots.
Our customer service team, made up of real people with real Boat Ed experience, is here to provide assistance through all channels—phone, email, and chat.
8:30 a.m. to midnight CST Monday–Friday
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Get help seven days a week from professionals like Bill, Diana, Heidi, Laura, Lilibeth, Liz, Marc, Nichole, and Thomas.
Rhode Island Approved
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management/Environmental Police
235 Promenade St.
Providence, RI 02908-5767
Made in the U.S.A.
This safety course is proudly made to serve students, agencies, and organizations worldwide.
Is it the Boating safety license?
Boating safety education certification is not the same thing as a Boating license. What you really need is the Rhode Island Certificate of Boating Safety Education. You can get the Rhode Island Certificate of Boating Safety Education by taking this boat safety course at boat-ed.com. Find out if you need the card.
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Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Rhode Island Boating students most frequently ask.Frequently Asked Questions