Boating Safely Courses
All Colorado Boating Safely Courses are currently being held in a virtual format to best comply with Colorado's COVID-19 safety precautions.
registering for a Boating Safely course, an instructor will contact you 2 days in advance by email to provide you with a virtual meeting link. We are continually monitoring the state's current public health guidance, and will re-assess class safety precautions as guidance changes.
To see the most up to date information on closures and cancellations, and how CPW is responding to COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Response page.
Safe Vessel Operation
Water sports are a great way to have fun in the sun, whether you take to the water in your power boat, sailboat, or canoe. In order to keep water-based activities carefree and risks at a minimum, it's important to keep basic safety practices in mind. The Colorado Boating Safety Program promotes safe vessel operation while enhancing boating experiences.
Before heading out on the water, be sure to:
Learn more on the National Safe Boating Council website and Ready, Set, Wear It! Facebook page.
Take a Boating Safety Course!
The Boat Safety Review Session is required for individuals who are 14 or 15 years old to lawfully operate a boat in Colorado, but it includes extremely valuable information regardless of age or experience level! Not only will the material help students stay smart and safe on the water, it can also save participants 10-15% on boat insurance!
The process is simple:
Register for a Boating Safely in Colorado course at least seven days in advance
Review the "Boating Safely in Colorado" manual, available for digital download
The course costs $15, payable at time of registration
Students must be at least 14 years old
Attend a 2-3 hour review session near you
This is a self-study manual to be studied before the review session
Take the final exam
A parent or guardian must be present with students 14 or 15 years old
Bring a 1-by-1 inch front-facing photo for your operator card
Score a 70% to earn your operator card!
Find out more:
See the Search and Rescue FAQ for more information.