Washington D.C. Boating Education Law


For more information on the boating laws in Washington DC visit: www.mpdc.dc.gov

Mandatory Education and Age Requirements:

Education Requirements

    In the District of Columbia, no one under the age of 18 may operate a vessel 16 feet in length or more unless they:

        • Have completed an approved boating safety course, or
        • Are under the supervision of someone 18 years of age or older that has completed a boating safety course

    The District of Columbia recognizes the BoatU.S. Online Boating Safety Course for the purpose of required boating education and personal enrichment. To take a classroom course to continue your boating education, call the Boating Safety Hotline at 1-800-368-5647. After successful completion of an approved D.C. Harbor Patrol Boating Safety Course, you will be awarded a boating safety certificate which can be presented to officers as proof of course completion.

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