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WHO NEEDS TO BE CERTIFIED:

  • You were born after January 1, 1986
  • You will be operating a Personal Watercraft (Jet Ski), regardless of age and regardless of residency
  • If you are an Out-of-State Resident and operating a vessel (other than a Personal Watercraft-see above), you must meet the requirements of your home state in order to operate in Rhode Island Waters. For questions, contact DEM/Environmental Police 401-222-3070.
  • Mandatory Boating Safety Education Information About the Law
 

HOW TO GET CERTIFIED

There are two methods for certification:

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CLASSROOM COURSES:

Please see links below to our state-approved classroom course providers. All courses must be a minimum of 8 hours and state and NASBLA approved.

 

ONLINE STUDY COURSE:

To receive certification via our online study course, you must complete the state-approved course by Boat-Ed. Once you have completed the course, you must pass a proctored exam. Information on this exam is provided below. Boaters can also request a home study course booklet by contacting DEM/Environmental Police at 401-222-3070.

 

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HOW TO GET REPLACEMENT BOATING CARD


BOATING AND ACCIDENT FORM

A boating accident report must be filled out by the owner/operator of any vessel that meets the following criteria:

  • Loss of life or disappearance from a vessel.
  • Injury to any person that requires medical treatment beyond ordinary first aid.
  • Property damage in excess of $2,000.
  • Complete loss of a vessel.

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Slow down for marine life!
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Marine species found in Rhode Island waters include sea turtles, sharks, dolphins, and even whales. Slowing down and giving marine wildlife space helps reduce the chances of collisions.

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Contact Law Enforcement
Dean Hoxsie, Chief
235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908-5767
Phone: (401) 222-2284
Fax: (401) 222-6823
Report Violations: 401-222-3070
Public Information Requests: 401-222-2284
RI Environmental Police Public Feedback Form: Submit Online or Download PDF