Subjects to Study - For-Hire Vessel Operators Examinations

The following subjects are suggested for study in preparation for the written examination. Items #1 through #6 furnished by the Division.

  1. The California Boating Law excerpts.
  2. California Boating Safety Course.
  3. ABCs of the California Boating Law.
  4. Basic Facts about Life Preservers.
  5. Basic Facts about Marine Fire Extinguishers.
  6. Boating Safety Card.
  7. Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling by Charles F. Chapman (local bookstore or library).
  8. Red Cross First Aid and Water Safety (American Red Cross).

The subjects covered on the examination include the following:

  • State Laws and Regulations:
    Accident Reporting
    For-Hire License
    Lighting
    Navigation Rules
    Vessel Operation/Equipment
    Vessel Registration
    Waterway Marking System
  • Fire Prevention
  • Safe Boat Operation
  • Vessel Maintenance
  • First Aid