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 invest the time to educate yourself in the practices necessary to be a safe and responsible boater by reviewing the following brochure. It contains everything you'll need to know in regards to recreational boating in MD and it will help you to make your boating experience a memorable one.


  • 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).