Safe Boating Courses

Stanley the Striped Bass wearing personal floatation devicesAvailable Courses

The California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) recommends taking a boating safety class from one of the following sources:

The DBW also offers a home study guide, titled California Boating Safety Course. To learn more about personal flotation devices, fire extinguisher requirements, general boating safety and California boating laws, download or order a copy of the ABCs of California Boating Law or call (888) 326-2822.

It is unlawful to operate a vessel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Under California State law, a person with a blood alcohol level of .08% or greater is considered to be under the influence.

"The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta offers boaters more than 700 miles of navigable waterway. If offers unique boating opportunities that are hard to duplicate elsewhere in our beautiful state. With this opportunity comes a great deal of responsibility. First and foremost is to boat safely by learning the rules and regulations, minimizing alcohol consumption, wearing a life jacket and paying attention to all activity around your boat. Second is to keep the Delta clean. Not throwing trash, fuel, lubricants, solvents or paints into the waterway or discharging sewage matter are some of the ways boaters can help. By doing all these things we make sure that the enjoyment and pleasure of boating is available to current and future generations of Delta visitors. Thank you for keeping the Delta clean."

Raynor T. Tsuneyoshi, Director, California Department of Boating & Waterways

Basic Safety Tips

  • Always wear a life jacket
  • Go with a buddy
  • Make sure you have all the right clothing on board
  • Monitor local weather using internet, radio and newspaper sources
  • Carry a phone or a radio
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you'll be back
  • Know the rules and regulations

Sources: California Coastal Commission and California Department of Boating and Waterway's Boating Clean and Green Program and the Department of Boating and Waterway's Aqua Smart Program.