Rhode Island Boating Laws and Regulations
Do you need Rhode Island Boating education?
You need education if you will be operating a PWC or if you were born on or after Jan. 1, 1986, and will be operating a motorized vessel over 10 hp in Rhode Island.
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.
Boating education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.
Rhode Island law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the laws and guidelines.
Carry the Card: Vessel operators who are required to have a Boater Education Card must carry the card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by an enforcement officer.
Penalty: Not carrying your Boater Education Card when one is required can result in a fine.
Is the Boating Card the same as the Boating License?
The Rhode Island Certificate of Boating Safety Education is proof that you have successfully completed all of the components of an approved Boating safety course and allows you to go boating. Because the Boating education card or certificate does not expire and does not need to be renewed, it is not called the Rhode Island Boating License.
Even if not required by law to get the Rhode Island boating education card, many boaters take the boat safety course in order to save on their PWC or boat insurance.
Do your part to make boating in Rhode Island an enjoyable pastime! Become an educated, responsible boater by completing the Boat Rhode Island course, and practice what you learn.
For visiting boaters, all states, territories, and provinces will recognize boating education cards that meet NASBLA requirements and Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Cards that meet Transport Canada’s requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)
Get Certified Online!
Take this Rhode Island–approved course to complete your online Boating safety education.Lifetime Card
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management/Environmental Police
235 Promenade St.
Providence, RI 02908-5767
Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Rhode Island Boating students most frequently ask.Frequently Asked Questions