Boating Safety Education

Know Before You Go!


For a quick rundown of frequently asked questions about mandatory boater education in the State of Hawaii, visit the Mandatory Education Question and Answer page.

To archive your boating credential, navigate to the Registry of Certified Vessel Operators page to upload your document and request a Boater Safety Education Card.  There are numerous advantages in joining the Registry.

Can You Hear Me – tutorial for VHF/DSC radios

USCG Marine Safety Advisory 01-22 (8/5/22) – Marine Distress Communication Devices

Day Use Moorings

Dive Flags – Boaters and divers have a shared responsibility. Boaters must watch for and avoid dive flags (slow no wake within 200 feet) and divers must mark their positions with a dive flag.  At night, a dive flag must be illuminated and visible from 100 feet. 

General Info About Boating

Miles Out At Sea – Fire extinguishers and maintaining them

Mandatory Boating Education in Hawaii Question and Answer Page

What you need to know about PWC use in Hawaii (certification requirement)


National Saltwater Angler Registry – fishing outside of State waters

Paddle Sports Safety Course (FREE)

USCG Notice To Mariners 



This page was last updated on 6/20/23