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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 2018 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. The training is free; photo ID is required.

Course No Date (1-day, 8-hour course) Day
18-01 February 10 Saturday
18-02 February 25 Sunday
18-03 March 17 Saturday
18-04 March 25 Sunday
18-05 April 21 Saturday
18-06 April 29 Sunday
18-07 May 12 Saturday
18-08 May 20 Sunday
18-09 June 9 Saturday
18-10 June 10 Sunday
18-11 June 23 Saturday
18-12 July 1 Sunday
18-13 July 7 Saturday
18-14 July 28 Saturday
18-15 August 5 Sunday
18-16 August 18 Saturday
18-17 September 8 Saturday
18-18 September 22 Saturday
18-19 October 13 Saturday
18-20 October 27 Saturday
18-21 November 17 Saturday
18-22 November 25 Sunday