Until now, the only option for Maryland boaters wanting to take a required boating safety course was to pay for one out of their own pocket. However, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources now offers Maryland boat owners a free option with the availability of the no-cost BoatUS Foundation Online Boating Safety Course.
The course fully meets the state’s education requirements for boaters and PWC operators born on or after July 1, 1972, and also approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and recognized by the US Coast Guard as exceeding the minimum requirements for the National Recreational Boating Safety Program.
“Our goal is to make boating safety education as accessible as possible to as many boaters possible,” BoatUS Foundation president Chris Edmonston said in a statement. “By making Maryland’s course free, it removes the last possible barrier towards ensuring everyone’s safety. And because you can work on it as you go, it fits in with today’s busy schedules.”