Through a partnership with BoatUS, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) now offers boat owners a free option to take a required boating safety course. The no-cost BoatUS Foundation Online Boating Safety Course fully meets the state’s education requirements for boat and Personal Water Craft (PWC) operators born on or after July 1, 1972. The course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and is recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as exceeding the minimum requirements for the National Recreational Boating Safety Program.
The online course is loaded with interactive animations, videos and photos, and provides an education that goes well beyond the basics, so it also works well as a refresher course. Videos show important safety information such as visual distress signals, how to get help in an emergency, how to prevent fires on board your boat, and the best way to fit a child’s life jacket.