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A Message to the Rhode Island Boater


The popularity of boating in Rhode Island grows each year by leaps and bounds. In fact, some claim that enjoying Narragansett Bay and our ponds and rivers by boat is the major pastime for Rhode Islanders.

Even though your boat is intended to be a means of enjoyment, it has the potential to be extremely dangerous. Safety is, therefore, paramount. The Environmental Police, the Harbor Masters, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the U.S. Power Squadrons, and the U.S. Coast Guard join in their efforts to promote your safety while on Rhode Island or other waters.

You can play a major role in ensuring boating safety simply by completing a boating course. No matter what your experience level, a boating course is what you need to “stay on course.” You’ll find out about boats and equipment, navigation, safety, emergency measures, and your duties as a skipper, as well as legal requirements.

Courses are available through the Community College of Rhode Island, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons, and commercial providers. You can study online or request a “home study” course to help you prepare for the proctored certification exam. For more information, you can call us at 401-222-2284. Take a course. It will make your boating experience even more enjoyable.

The Department of Environmental Management/Environmental Police wants you and your boating partners to have a safe and fun boating experience. Also remember to boat responsibly, DON’T DRINK AND BOAT.

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