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Boating Safety Courses, 2021

harbor patrolThe MPD Harbor Patrol Unit will be hosting free one-day, 8-hour boating safety courses for the 2021 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. 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.

All classes are limited to 15 students. Masks are required.

Course No Date (1-day, 8-hour course) Day
21-07 August 8 Sunday
21-08 August 21 Saturday
21-09 August 28 Saturday
21-10 September 12 Sunday
21-11 September 25 Saturday
21-12 October 3 Sunday
21-13 October 23 Saturday
21-14 November 7 Sunday
21-15 November 20 Saturday
21-16 December 11 Saturday