Motor Boat Operator Training

24 hours
Students must have a Washington state boater's ID card. Departments must also demonstrate a need for the training.
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This course, taught over three days, includes both classroom and on-the-water instruction to meet minimum requirements for safe operation of motorboats. It addresses legal requirements, preparations, navigation, operations, emergency procedures, rescue, self rescue, trailering, fire suppression, and basic seamanship. Students must pass a written exam and demonstrate certain skills through an on-the-water practical exam.

To inquire about this training, please email Will Love at EH&S.

Accommodations and language services 

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodations to individuals who need them. 

  • To request a disability accommodation, please contact the UW Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (V), 206-543-6452(TTY), or email at 

  • To request safety training in a language other than English, please contact EH&S training at and notify your supervisor. EH&S will work with you and your supervisor to arrange for interpretation or translation services. 

  • For other accommodation requests, please contact EH&S Training at  

Intended Audience 

Required for operators of motored vessels in excess of 26 feet in length. Recommended for UW employees, students, or volunteers who operate motorboats as part of their work.


Will Love

(206) 616-3776