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Maryland Boating Safety Program

Maryland Boating Safety Program - kids wear the life jacketThe mission of the Natural Resources Police, Boating Safety Education Program is to provide the boaters of Maryland the necessary information to operate a vessel safely on our waterways and also to make their experiences as enjoyable as possible. Safety always plays an important role in maximizing the enjoyment of outdoor activities. With a program that focuses on this aspect, we hope to provide boaters from across the State the materials and education to do just that.


As of October 1, 2010, anyone under the age of 16, operating a motorized vessel 11 feet in length or greater WITHOUT a valid boating safety certificate, must be under the supervision of an individual 18 years of age or older who possesses a valid boating safety certificate or an individual born before July 1, 1972. If an individual under the age of 16 is operating a motorized vessel LESS than 11 feet in length, a person of any age possessing a valid certificate of boating safety can provide supervision.

Notice to Boaters

Anyone under the age of 13, in a boat less than 21 feet in length, while underway, must wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket.