The purpose of the boating operation procedures and standards is to help ensure that all scientific boating is conducted in a safe and effective manner, that it meets all state and federal requirements, and that it sets forth standards for training boat operators. UC personnel requesting to use small boats as part of any University of California related research should review the info below and contact the UC Enterprise Dive and Boat Safety Officer.


  • Approval from Department/Administration
  • Establish Basic Boating Guidelines/Standards, as Applicable
    • Equipment Requirements
    • Weather Requirements
    • Operator Training Requirements
    • Launch Master/Oversight Designation
  • Submit Boat Project Approval Form to UC Enterprise Dive and Boat Safety Officer
    • Additional boating guidelines/standards may be required for some boating projects, TBD by Small Boat Operations Committee or equivalent
  • Department/Administration to review marine insurance options for the boat and support equipment as needed.


  • Complete California Boating Safety Education Course ( ) for approved courses)
  • Obtain California Boater Card
  • Complete training requirements as applicable for specific boating program as outlined in the programs Small Boat Operations Committee approved guidelines/standards.
  • Approval from programs Launch Master and operator's supervisor when appropriate


  • Meets all Coast Guard requirements
  • Has an established float plan and emergency management plan including shore contact and an effective method of communication.
  • Meets additional requirements required by campus Small Boat Operations Committee and Launch Master or equivalent.


Please contact the UC Enterprise Dive and Boat Safety Officer to submit boating proposals, manuals or if you have questions.