DEM Boater Safety Challenge

Take the Boating Safety Challenge Exam

Saturday, February 4, 11 am – 1 pm

 Thanks to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, you can take the Challenge Exam for your Certificate of Boating Safety Education during your visit to the Providence Boat Show.

Rhode Island law requires anyone born on or after January 1, 1986, to pass an approved boater education course before legally operating any vessel powered by a motor of more than 10 horsepower. Anyone operating a personal watercraft, regardless of age, must have passed an approved boater education course.

You will be able to take the Challenge Exam at the Providence show to earn your Certificate. In order to prepare for this exam, you will have to complete the online study course offered by Boat-Ed. To access this online course go to If you prefer a home-study course book, request a free copy by contacting the Rhode Island Environmental Police (401-222-2284).

The course covers a range of topics—from safety instructions to boat handling to reading the weather—and prepares you for a variety of situations you could find yourself in while on the water. Because educated boaters are safer boaters, completing a course and receiving your boating safety certification can also earn you a discount on your boat and PWC insurance.

The Challenge Exam will be offered at the boat show on Saturday, February 4, from 11 am to 1 pm. You must bring a photo ID in order to take the exam. Children under the driving age (without a photo ID) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian with a photo ID who can verify the child’s identity.

 If you successfully pass the exam, you’ll be advised on sight of your grade, and your certification card will be issued to you via the mail. If you do not pass the exam, you will be advised on how to proceed. The Rhode Island Boating Certification is approved by NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators), recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard, and accepted nationwide. The entire process is free of charge, so take advantage of this convenient way to get your Certificate at this year’s Providence Boat Show!