Vermont Boating Regulations

A large number of boating fatalities occur because boaters are not educated about boating safety. The Vermont State Police believe that an educated boater is a safer boater.

The Vermont Boating Safety Education Certificate (also referred to as the Vermont boating license) is proof that a boater has taken and passed an approved boating safety education course. The Vermont State Police currently have mandatory boater education requiring all boaters born after January 1, 1974 to have the Boater Education Card accepted by the State of Vermont on board when the vessel is underway to satisfy the Vermont boating regulations.

Many boaters who do not fall into this category will still wish to get the Vermont Boating Safety Education Certificate so they can save on their boat insurance.

Education Requirement

A boater education card is required for all persons born after January 1, 1974 who intend to operate a powered watercraft on Vermont waters.