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Maryland Basic Boating Equivalency Examination

The textbook of Boat Maryland: A Course on Responsible BoatingThe Maryland Natural Resources Police Safety Education Section suggests that boaters attend a Maryland basic boating class (remember, Maryland law specifies that anyone born on or after July 1, 1972, must possess a Certificate of Boating Safety Education in order to operate a mechanically propelled vessel on Maryland waters). However, due to certain circumstances, some people are unable to attend all sessions of the eight-hour course. In order to facilitate the availability of the course, the Maryland Natural Resources Police Safety Education Section has created the Maryland Basic Boating Equivalency Examination. The exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions designed to measure comprehension in regard to information contained in the textbook. A score of 80% is required to pass the examination. Failure to pass the examination after two attempts will require a student to attend a Boating Safety Education class in order to obtain the Certificate of Boating Safety Education.

Boaters may obtain a copy of the Boat Maryland textbook, the textbook used in all boating safety classes, by contacting (410) 643-8502. After studying the material contained in the textbook, please contact the appropriate person from the information below to schedule a date and time to take the exam.

Equivalency Exam Testing Sites
By Appointment Only
Anne Arundel Nancy Gardner (410) 409-2998
Baltimore Jim Fitch (410) 918-4237
Garrett Patti Manown-Mash (301) 616-0455
Kent Dennis Leventhal (410) 810-2521
St. Mary’s Gary Smith (410) 326-8377
Talbot Robin Marshall (410) 310-5747
Washington Jaime Dick (240) 313-2808
Worcester Robert Cooke (410) 629-1016

See the Boating Safety Class Listings