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Safe Boating Program

The Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Law Enforcement is responsible for the safety education of Rhode Island boaters. The Boat Rhode Island safe boating program is nationally recognized and approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. Many insurance companies offer a discount for successful completion. Boating safety education has been required by law since 2001 for many Rhode Island boaters. You have two ways to study boating safety with the Boat Rhode Island Safe Boating Program.

1. Over the Internet…
Learn what you need to know to be a safe boat operator online! The complete study course with exciting visuals awaits you on the Net. Interactive graphics help you learn and retain information on boating safely in Rhode Island. Go to the website below to find out how to prepare online for your boating safety certification.
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2. In a classroom…
Share the learning experience with other boaters and a qualified instructor at one of the many safe boating courses being offered at various facilities around the state by the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), U.S. Power Squadron, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and other private organizations.
For links to these courses, go to:

Where to Find Additional Information

This handbook is a guide to Rhode Island’s boating laws for recreational boaters. The publication BOAT RHODE ISLAND: A Course on Responsible Boating gives additional information on safe boating practices for recreational boaters.

To stay abreast of new boating laws, contact the Department of Environmental Management/Environmental Police at: 401-222-2284 or

For federal boating laws, visit the U.S. Coast Guard’s boating safety website at: