Marine Law Enforcement Training Program

A law enforcement official administer a bui test.The Division of Boating and Waterways Marine Law Enforcement Training Program provides training courses statewide to law enforcement officers, harbor patrol officers, lifeguards, and others that work in a marine patrol environment. Statewide training ensures uniform enforcement of boating laws on all California's waterways. With more than 100 local government agencies providing boating law enforcement in California, the purpose of the training program is to provide comprehensive, current, and effective training courses with reliable consistency.

DBW training courses are designed to accommodate all levels of boating skills. Fundamental basics for new boat patrol officers include: Basic Maritime Officer's Course, Inland Boat Operator, Boating Under the Influence, and Basic Accident Investigation.

More advanced courses for experienced boat patrol officers include: Advanced Maritime Officer’s Course, Rescue Boat Operations, Marine Firefighter Operations, and Rescue Water Craft.

Most DBW training courses are certified by the California State Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST). Participants who successfully complete POST certified courses may receive reimbursement through POST Plan IV, provided that their agency participates in the POST Reimbursement Program. For agencies that do not participate in the POST Reimbursement Program and/or for training courses that are not yet POST certified, reimbursement for costs may be covered through the Marine Law Enforcement Training Program MOU, based on available funding. Instructions for the MOU may be found through the link on the left. Reimbursement will be for actual expenses for lodging, per diem, mileage, etc.

Boating safety officers wishing to attend a DBW course must be assigned to a marine patrol unit and must meet the prerequisites listed in the course description(s) in the Training Calendar.

For further information on the DBW Boating Law Enforcement Training Program, please contact:

Brian Carroll
(916) 327-1835
One Capitol Mall, Suite #500
Sacramento, CA 95814