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Boating Safety Courses

harbor patrolThe MPD Harbor Patrol Unit will be hosting free one-day, 8-hour boating safety courses for the 2017 boating 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. Individuals may call the MPD Harbor Patrol Unit at (202) 727-4582. Organizations who wish to set up group classes of 10 or more can email Officer David Nutter at [email protected].

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.

Course No Date (1-day, 8-hour course) Day
17-01 February 18 Saturday
17-02 February 26 Sunday
17-03 March 11 Saturday
17-04 March 19 Sunday
17-05 April 15 Saturday
17-06 April 23 Sunday
16-07 May 20 Saturday
16-08 May 21 Sunday
16-09 June 3 Saturday
16-10 June 11 Sunday
16-11 June 24 Saturday
16-12 July 15 Saturday
16-13 July 23 Sunday
16-14 August 13 Sunday
16-15 August 26 Saturday
16-16 September 9 Saturday
16-17 September 30 Saturday
16-18 October 7 Saturday
16-19 October 15 Sunday
16-20 November 18 Saturday
16-21 December 9 Saturday