Boating Safety is Family Safety
In Maryland, the law states that anyone born on or after July 1, 1972, must possess a certificate of boating safety education in order to operate any motorized vessel. This certificate is non-renewable and must be carried by the student at all times while operating a vessel.The Certificate must be shown on request, to any Maryland Natural Resources Police Officer or other law enforcement officer. Officers may or may not ask to see the certificate during a vessel check, but if it is not provided, you can be charged with a minimum fine of $25.00 for the first offense and up to $500.00 for each offense thereafter.
The Certificate is valid for life. If you need a replacement card, please contact the Department of Natural Resources at 410-260-3280.
Sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources, Boat Maryland Course is named by Montgomery College, as the Maryland Basic Boating Certification Course, SFT-037. The text for this course is also sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources titled: Boat Maryland: A Course on Responsible Boating. Contents of the text are approved by NASBLA, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and recognized by the US Coast Guard.
See the Boating Flyer for information on spring/summer classes. Text books will be available on the first night of class. Beginning in January 2007 there will be changes to the exam which will now have 65 questions rather than the previous version which had 50 questions. The additional 15 questions include the Maryland legal requirements. Also, the exam passing grade will now be 80% rather than the previous 70%.
This course includes a wide variety of information, such as:
- General information concerning vessels and maintenance.
- Information to make your boating experience safer and more comfortable.
- Tips on how to be a more courteous vessel operator.
- Laws and regulations to which you must adhere.
In general, this information applies to all vessels (powerboats, personal watercraft, and unpowered vessels such as sailboats, canoes, etc.) However, in some places information may apply specifically to personal watercraft.
This course is very comprehensive and each chapter explores details of the following:
- Know Your Boat
- Before You Get Underway
- Operating Your Boat Safely
- The Legal Requirements of Boating
- Boating Emergencies, What To Do
- Enjoying Water Sports with Your Boat
Instructors are experienced Boaters who have passed the Department of Natural Resources' Instructor Program.