California Boater Card….but is it enough?
Obtaining a California Boater Card
January 1, 2018
As of January 1, 2018, the mandatory boating safety education law goes into effect, and will be phased in by age. If you operate any type of motorized vessel on California waterways (including powered sailboats / paddlecraft), you will be required to pass an approved boating safety examination and carry a lifetime California Boater Card. The California Boater Card shows that its holder has successfully taken and passed a NASBLA/state-approved boater safety education.
- January 1, 2018 – Persons 20 years of age or younger
- January 1, 2019 – Persons 25 years of age or younger
- January 1, 2020 – Persons 35 years of age or younger
- January 1, 2021 – Persons 40 years of age or younger
- January 1, 2022 – Persons 45 years of age or younger
- January 1, 2023 – Persons 50 years of age or younger
- January 1, 2024 – Persons 60 years of age or younger
- January 1, 2025 – All persons regardless of age
You got your CA Boater Card … but are you proficient behind the wheel of a large vessel?
The CA Boater Card certifies that you have demonstrated academic knowledge of basic boating laws, aids to navigation and vessel operations.
What the Boater Card does not certify is a boater’s practical proficiency behind the wheel of a vessel.
Our on-the-water training program, taught by U.S. Coast Guard licensed captains will ensure that you are confident and competent at Docking, Anchoring, Close Quarter Maneuvering, Navigation, Night Operations and much more. For more information click here.