Boat Alabama Certification Manual

Boat Alabama Certification Manual


Boat Alabama Certification Manual is the official boating handbook developed for the Alabama Marine Police Division. The handbook introduces you to Alabama laws governing boating and provides general information about safe vessel operation on the picturesque waters of Alabama.

Alabama has some of the most tranquil boating waters in the southeast U.S. to offer both new and experienced boaters alike. Boaters seeking fun and relaxation can take pleasure in Alabama's 1 million acres of lakes, 1,600 miles of rivers, and more than 50 miles of coastline. 

Use this handbook to familiarize yourself with steps to make all your boating outings safe and enjoyable. Remember, safety on Alabama waterways is the responsibility of all boaters. 

Topics include:

  • Vessel Basics
  • Navigation Rules
  • Nighttime Navigation
  • Emergencies
  • Personal Watercraft (PWCs)
  • Alabama Boating Laws and Regulations
  • Required Equipment
  • Skiing
  • And much more…

Boater Education

You may have heard that you need a boating license to operate your boat, but what you really need is a boaters safety course. Whether or not your state requires education, it can reduce boating accidents and injuries on the water. Boaters can keep themselves and their passengers safe by learning about responsible boat operation, etiquette, and the rules of the waterways.

All persons 12 years of age and older who operate a motorized vessel on Alabama waters are required to have proof of having completed an Alabama-approved boat education course.