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Boating Safety Courses, 2023

harbor patrolThe MPD Harbor Patrol Unit will be hosting free one-day, 8-hour boating safety courses for the 2023boating season. Each class includes the course materials. The Boating Safety course is designed to educate boaters of the legal requirements, navigational rules, safety equipment, risks of boating accidents, and other issues pertaining to safe boating. Anyone operating a vessel on District of Columbia waterways is required to have a Boating Safety Certificate. The Boating Safety Certificate is issued to individuals who successfully complete the Boating Safety course.


Pre-registration for the Boating Safety course is required. Please call the MPD Harbor Patrol Unit at (202) 727-4582 to register.

Course Schedule

The Boating Safety course consists of eight hours of instruction offered in one-day classes. Each class begins at 7 am and ends at 3 pm. Courses are offered at the Harbor Patrol's offices, 550 Water Street, SW, in Washington, DC. The training is free; photo ID is required.

Each class is limited to 15 students. Masks are required.

  • Saturday, March 11                          
  • Sunday, March 19
  • Saturday, April 8
  • Sunday, April 23       
  • Saturday, May 6
  • Sunday, May 21
  • Sunday, June 4 
  • Saturday, June 17      
  • Saturday, July 22
  • Sunday, July 30     
  • Sunday, August 6         
  • Saturday, August 19        
  • Sunday, September 10
  • Saturday, September 30  
  • Saturday, October 14