Safe Boating Program


The Vermont State Police are responsible for the safety education of Vermont boaters. The Boat Vermont safe boating program is recognized nationally and approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). Many insurance companies offer a discount for successful completion.

NOW! Boating safety certification is now required by law for many Vermont boaters. You have two ways to obtain your certification.

1. Over the Internet …
Learn what you need 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 Vermont. Successfully complete the online test, and you will receive the official State of Vermont boating safety education certificate.
Start today at www.boat-ed.com/vermont

2. In a classroom …
Share the learning experience with other interested students and a qualified instructor. The Vermont State Police can help you find a classroom course in your area.
Visit www.vsp.vermont.gov for information
or call 802-878-7111 ext. 2211

Stay up-to-date on new boating laws!

Be sure to stay abreast of new boating laws and requirements.

For state boating law information, contact the Vermont State Police.

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

For the most recent information regarding the lake-specific regulations of the Vermont Use of Public Waters Rules visit www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/rulemaking/docs/wrprules/wsmd_upw2012.pdf.

Information in this handbook does not replace what is specifically legal for boating in Vermont, which is found in the Vermont Statutes and federal laws.