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Course CatalogCA Boating Safety Course

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Beginning January 1, 2018, the California mandatory boating safety education law goes into effect and will be phased in by age. If you operate a motorized vessel on California waterways, you will be required to pass an approved boating safety exam and carry a lifetime California Boater Card. DBW will issue the cards to persons who provide proof that an approved vessel operator examination has been passed since January 1, 2015. Phase-in schedule and approved courses like this one may be found online at

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You must PASS all 7 lessons in order to receive your certificate of completion.


This Boating Safety Course for California boaters covers everything from Navigation Aids and Emergency Situations to Rules of the Road and Required Equipment. Each of the first six  chapters includes a quiz at the end for you to test your knowledge.

After reviewing all chapters, you will take a 75 question final exam including 10 questions specific to the boating laws in California. Pass the exam with a score of 80% or better and you will then be able to print your certificate of completion.


  1. Boats and the Marine Environment
  2. Boating Equipment
  3. Trip Planning and Preparation
  4. Safe Boat Operation
  5. Emergency Preparation
  6. Boating Activities
  7. Final Exam


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