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 Training, Boating Under the Influence, and Basic Accident Investigation.

More advanced courses for experienced boat patrol officers include: Rescue Boat Operations, Marine Fire Fighting, Introduction to Rescue Watercraft for Law Enforcement, and Advanced Accident Investigation.

Most DBW training courses are certified by the California State Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST). Participants who successfully complete DBW training courses may receive reimbursement for costs based on available funding. Those individuals must be employed by an agency that has entered into a MOU with DBW. 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