Buying a pleasure craft, pleasure craft courtesy check, requirements for foreign boaters, human powered craft, life jackets, safety tips, checklists, trip plans, courses and resources for recreational boaters.
Services and information
Buying a pleasure craft
Hull serial number and compliance notice, licensing requirements, buying a used boat, buying a boat from another country.
Requesting a pleasure craft courtesy check
Get a safety check on your pleasure craft.
Operating a human-powered craft
Safety tips and requirements for paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, and other human-powered watercraft.
Choosing lifejackets and personal flotation devices (PFDs)
Choosing lifejackets or PFDs, keeping children afloat, lifejackets and PFDs for hunters, anglers and paddleboarders.
Filing a trip plan
Why you should file a trip or sail plan, form for making trip plans.
Maintaining a safe pleasure craft
Inspecting your pleasure craft, pre-departure checklists for safety preparedness.
Find education resources for recreational boaters
List of accredited course providers, contact for the Office of Boating Safety.
Rental boat safety
Resources for boat rental agencies and people who are planning to rent a pleasure craft.
How to be a responsible boat owner
Resources that will help you be a responsible boat owner.