Boating Safety

State Requirements for Recreational Vessels

Maryland's waters offer wonderful opportunities for recreational boaters. With the ever-increasing number of boaters on our waters, it is the responsibility of all of us to work together to ensure that our waters are clean and safe. Please read our guide to safe and responsible recreational boating in Maryland. It contains everything you'll need to know in regards to recreational boating in Maryland and it will help you to make your boating experience a memorable one.

Cover of the Maryland State Requirements for Recreational Boating 

  • Rental Vessel Safety Information Sheet
    This safety information sheet is required reading for those renting a motorized vessel (not a PWC) on Maryland waters if born on or after July 1, 1972.  After reading this document, the rental company will then issue a 10 day temporary boating safety certificate stating that this document was read and understood by the renter.

  • Equipment Checklist for MD Vessels (It is suggested that everyone who has the State Requirements publication should download this and keep it with that publication).