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Boating Basics

New to boating? You came to the right place! Follow the links below to get basic beginning information that will get you on the water in no time.

All about boats
Basic boat information; types, equipment, accessories.

Boating Accident Report
To report a boating accident where one or more of the following conditions exists:

    1. A person dies.
    2. A person is injured and requires medical treatment beyond first aid.
    3. Damage to the vessels and other property totals $2,000 or more or there is a complete loss of any vessel.
    4. A person disappears from the boat under circumstances that indicate death or injury is likely.

Boating near you
Pennsylvania provides nearly unlimited opportunities for the recreational boaters. This page will get you going in the right direction with a listing of interactive maps designed to guide anyone who wants to get on the water, along with other helpful resources.

Rules to know before you go (PA boating regulations)
Pennsylvania boating laws and regulations.

Boating safety & education
Safety requirements for boating in Pennsylvania. Course information and instructions on how to obtain a Boating Safety Education Certificate.

Calendar of fishing & boating events / clinics
Schedule of upcoming boating courses, along with additional Commission programs and events.

Register / Title a boat
What boats need to be registered and titled. Instructions on how to register or title, and information on boat launch permits. Fees charged.

Nautical rules of the road (PA Boating Handbook)
Help with navigating a boat and the responsibilities of boat operators.