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At the present time,® is not an option for obtaining a Boater Education Card in Rhode Island.

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Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management/Environmental Police

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Rhode Island Boater Safety Course

The Rhode Island Certificate of Boating Safety Education (also referred to as the Rhode Island boating license) is proof that a boater has taken and passed an approved boater education course. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management/Environmental Police currently has a mandatory boater education requirement that requires all boaters born on or after January 1, 1986 to have the Rhode Island boating license on board when the vessel is underway to satisfy the Rhode Island boating regulations.

Personal Flotation
Devices (PFDs)

  • The state of Rhode Island requires at least one U.S. Coast Guard approved Type IV PFD (ring buoy OR seat cushion) on all recreational boats in excess of 16 feet in length, in ADDITION to the wearable PFD required for each person onboard all boats.
  • Someone being towed behind a vessel is considered to be onboard.
  • All personal watercraft (PWC) occupants must be wearing a PFD approved for the activity while underway.
  • Inflatable PFDs are not approved for children nor are they approved for use during high impact sports such as water skiing or operating a PWC.
  • Children: Any person transporting a child under 13 years of age onboard a recreational vessel less than 65 feet in length on Rhode Island waters shall require that the child wear a PFD approved by the United States Coast Guard when underway, unless below deck or in a closed cabin.
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