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Boating Safety Challenge Exams

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There is no registration and no fee for this exam. There is also no age limit, but be advised that this test deals with material that may be complex for younger children. We highly recommend taking the full boating safety course to insure you and your family understand the material required to operate and navigate vessels on the water safely.

There is no registration and no fee for this exam. There is also no age limit but be advised that this test deals with material that may be complex for younger children. We highly recommend taking the full boating safety course to insure you and your family understand the material required to operate and navigate vessels on the water safely. Find a classroom course near you.

In order to prepare for this exam to receive certification, there are two study methods available to you at no cost. You can contact DEM/Environmental Police at (401) 222-3070 for the home study packet or you can access an online study course.


Exams are offerred by appointment only. Boaters wishing to take a challenge exam should email dem.dledispatch@dem.ri.gov with their name, DOB, address, phone number, and email address with the subject line "Challenge Exam Request." Boaters will receive an email in response with an appointed time and date for their test, as well as the procedure to follow on the assigned day. Please check your spam folder and contact us if you do not see a reply email within 2-3 business days of requesting a test date. Questions? Contact Lt. Schipritt at (401) 222-1981.

Please bring a #2 pencil and identification. A parent must be present for a child under the driving age without identification. Answer sheets will be provided for you at the exam site.

TESTS WILL NOT BE GRADED ON SITE.
YOU CAN EXPECT TO RECEIVE YOUR RESULTS VIA MAIL IN ONE-WEEK.

UPCOMING BOATING SAFETY EXAMS

Located at The Foundry Building, 235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908, Room 300

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