Boat Operations and Training - BOAT 2.0

The Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program establishes a U.S. Coast Guard recognized national standard for the training, qualification, credentialing and typing of marine law enforcement and emergency first responders. Adoption and implementation of the program provides a true national standard for maritime interoperability at all government levels. Standardization ensures maritime agencies can interact together and will bolster their ability to act as force multipliers nationwide.   

Adapted from the U.S. Coast Guard’s boat forces training framework, the BOAT Program is comprised of vital maritime training and management components, including:

•    System Policy
•    The Training and Qualification Process
•    Boat Crew Qualification Tasks
•    Program Manager Roles and Responsibilities
•    Boat Crew Currency Maintenance
•    Documentation Requirements

BOAT Program Manual Vol. 1 - Overview

BOAT Program Manual Vol. 2 - Qualifications

BOAT Program Manual Vol. 3 - Qualifications for BOSAR

BOAT Program Manual Vol. 4 - Qualifications for TBO


   NASBLA Edition Patrol Vessel

The NASBLA Patrol Edition Boston Whaler 21-foot Guardian is intended for near-shore and inland waterways and is specifically aimed to meet the needs of law enforcement and emergency rescue personnel.

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators have partnered to create a patrol vessel designed for recreational boating safety patrol officers and maritime first responders.

NASBLA Edition Boat Specifications

More Information



NASBLA, Coast Guard sign historic MOU
(Media Release) ( MOU)

FAQ - State & Local Agencies

FAQ - U.S. Coast Guard

Additional Information Request Form

BOAT Program in the News

NASBLA BOAT Program:  The Coast Guard's Force Multiplier NASBLA BOAT Program: Strengthening Partnerships

Massachusetts Environmental Police Receives NASBLA Accreditation

BOAT Program Awards & Honors:

   NASBLA BOAT Program - Power of A Award

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