RI BOATING TIPS
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On January 1, 2002, a
law took effect making it mandatory for boaters to be
certified in order to operate vessels on the waters of this State.
RI Mandatory Boating Education Requirements
Who needs to be certified?
- Anyone born after January 1, 1986, who operates a vessel
with a motor that exceeds 10-horse power.
- Anyone who operates a personal watercraft (jet ski)
regardless of age.
Where to go to get certified?
- State approved classroom boating safety courses are
available through CCRI Lincoln and Warwick. Contact CCRI for a
list of upcoming courses at (401) 333-7070.
- Classes sponsored by US Power Squadron and Coast Guard
Auxiliary are held throughout the year at various locations
around the State. Click on the below links find a class near
Any boating safety class you take must be a minimum
of 8 hours and NASBLA certified. Check with the instructor to
verify that your class is State certified and meets the above
- A home study course is available through the Division of Law
- A State approved online course is available by clicking on
the link below.
RI NEW BOATING LAWS
Life Jacket Requirement for Water-skiers:
46-22-12 Water skis and surfboards. – (a) No person shall operate a vessel on
any waters of this state for towing a person or persons on water skis, or a
surfboard, or similar device unless there is in the vessel a person at least
twelve (12) years of age, in addition to the operator, in a position to observe
the progress of the person or persons being towed. Any person or persons on
water skis, a surfboard, a tube or similar device that is being towed behind a
vessel on any waters of this state shall be required to wear a life jacket
approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Child Life Jacket Requirement:
46-22-9.2 Flotation devices – Children. – Any person transporting a child under
thirteen (13) years of age in a recreational vessel less than sixty-five (65)
feet in length on the waters of this state shall require that the child wear a
personal flotation device approved by the United States Coast Guard when
underway, unless below deck or in a closed cabin.
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