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The Maryland Natural Resources Police Safety Education and Outreach Unit will allow those instructions and locations who are interested to resume in-person safety education and certification classes. For ALL classes, face coverings and social distancing will be required to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and assure the safety of students and instructors. Please make note that many of our instructors are still very cautious and concerned about COVID 19 so, these classroom courses may be very limited. Since the changes brought forth by the Pandemic, the Department continues to work diligently with the current MD boating safety instructors to provide an excellent virtual, on-line boating safety program! They are doing an excellent job maneuvering through the challenges of the virtual world in order to continuing educating the boaters of Maryland.

These virtual classes offer the same high standard of instruction as the classroom except there is no travel time and you can relax at home while taking the course. All courses are taught by independent Agreement Groups contracted to follow the guidelines associated with offering the Maryland Basic Boating course. These guidelines are set by NASBLA (the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators) in conjunction with the State and, a certificate of boating safety is awarded to all those students who pass the final exam.

Virtual/Classroom Boating Safety Classes

The Safety Education and Outreach Unit has been working tirelessly to continue to provide the best possible education for recreational boaters during this difficult time. The MD Basic Boating Course, normally offered in the classroom, is now being offered on-line VIRTUALLY, with a live instructor. These virtual classes offer the same high standard of instruction as the classroom except there is no travel time and you can relax at home while taking the course. All courses are taught by independent Agreement Groups contracted to follow the guidelines associated with offering the Maryland Basic Boating course. These guidelines are set by NASBLA (the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators) in conjunction with the State and, a certificate of boating safety is awarded to all those students who pass the final exam.

Along with the Virtual/Classroom boating safety courses, Maryland also offers courses on-line through the following private providers:

• Boat Ed — www.boat-ed.com/maryland — or call 1-800-830-2268

• Boater Exam — www.boaterexam.com/usa/maryland or call 1-866-764-2628

• Boat US Foundation — www.boatus.org/maryland/ or call 1-800-245-2628

Successful completion of any one of the online courses listed above will satisfy Maryland’s boating safety education requirement.

We will resume normal operations as soon as safely possible. Please continue to check the department’s boating safety class website for any updates.

Anyone with questions should email nrpsafetyed.dnr@maryland.gov.

The Boating Safety Education Law requires that anyone born on, or after July 1, 1972, must have a certificate of boating safety education on them while operating a numbered or documented vessel on Maryland waters.