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51st Annual Training

51st Annual 3 Day Training Symposium

Our registration is live for the 51st annual 3-day training symposium! Join us in South lake Tahoe for legislative updates, vendor showcase and training sessions and awards dinner.   

2024 Department of Boating and Waterways Training 

The Division of Boating & Waterways has posted the 2024 training calendar. To allow agencies time to schedule, DBW has posted the calendar a month in advance of online registration going live on 11/1/23. The training calendar, course descriptions, and prerequisites can be viewed at the Marine Law Enforcement Training Program webpage.


DBW is introducing a new course for 2024, the Basic Coastal Operator. The BCO is five-day, 40-hour introductory course for boating enforcement officers. This course is designed to provide vessel operators with the skills necessary to safely operate a public safety vessel in nearshore coastal environments. Participants will gain practical knowledge and experience regarding nomenclature, vessel inspections, navigation rules, aids to navigation, charts, weather, boating laws, patrol techniques, vessel handling, and interagency operability. The course will also include a swim assessment where officers will learn and demonstrate skills necessary for water survival.


There is a new prerequisite for all courses. Participants must have their CA Boater Card to attend – they must bring their CA Boater Card to the first day of class. However, if a student has already completed the Basic Maritime Officer’s Course, the Inland Boat Operator course, or if they have a USCG captain’s license, this prerequisite can be waived – they will need to bring a copy of their BMOC/IBO course completion certificate or USCG captain’s license with you to the first day of class. For information regarding the Boater Card, please visit the CA Boater Card website. For any questions regarding the CA Boater Card, please contact Krisit Jones at or by calling (916) 858-9059.


Any questions regarding the Marine Law Enforcement Training Program may be directed to the Training Coordinator, Brian Carroll, at or by calling (916) 902-8786.

50th Annual Three Day Symposium

Thank you to all the members who made the 50th anniversary three day symposium a success.
Thank you to the City of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Police Department and Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol for hosting us in your great city!  

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