First day of a three day course. Learn or refresh your knowledge of boating laws and water safety. Register now to participate in this free 9 hour Vermont Boater Safety Course. Upon successful completion, you will receive your Vermont Boaters Certificate, which is required to operate a boat in the State of Vermont if you were born after December 31, 1973. The course is taught by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Vermont State Police and is FREE to any residents of the Champlain Islands.