Boating Safety

Paddle Sports Safety

Paddle sports (canoe, kayak and SUP) are a great way to explore the inland and shoreside waters of Plymouth. With the increase in popularity, we have seen an increase in calls relating to paddle sports. We have found that boaters purchase a vessel and are excited to get on the water but don't have the necessary safety equipment. A life jacket and audible signaling device (whistle) are required. Life jackets are required to be worn from September 15th to May 15th. See a free course that is good for new and experienced paddlers.

We also have "If found Contact" stickers in the office. Feel free to stop by and pick one up. Every time a kayak goes adrift it generates a response from the Harbormaster and the USCG searching for someone in the water. Having a sticker can enable us to identify and find the status of the owner quickly.Boating Safety Class

Boating Safety Course

See our announcement at the top of this page for available classes. Class is typically held once a year but if we get enough interest we may add an additional class. For additional classes, check the Massachusetts Environmental Police webpage. Participants must be above the age of 12 in order to take the test. If you have any questions, please email the Harbormaster.

Starting in 2022 we are offering additional training for those that complete the course. We will be adding on the water training and trailering practice.

Helpful Links

United States Coast Guard (USCG) Float Plan (PDF)

Safety Videos