Boating Safety Program launched


The Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S) is implementing a new Boating Safety Program for students, faculty, and staff who use University of Washington (UW)-owned boats or operate boats as part of their affiliation with the University. The Boating Safety Program is a University-wide program that manages not only motored vessels, but non-motorized paddle-craft as well. The basis for this program is the UW Boating Safety Manual, which is located on EH&S’s Boating Safety page.

The goal of the program is to provide safety oversight for vessel operations and training for vessel operators. At the departmental level, boat owners manage the day-to-day boating activities, training and vessel maintenance according to UW standards and policies. Within EH&S, the boating safety program manager serves as the program administrator and subject matter expert on boating safety requirements and best practices, and provides consultation to University departments.

If you are a UW student, faculty, staff or volunteer who operates boats as part of your affiliation with the University, please do the following:

  • Review the Boating Safety Manual.
  • Contact your department’s boat owner or supervisor regarding your boat operations.
  • Follow all applicable UW procedures as well as state and federal boating laws.

If you have any questions regarding the Boating Safety Program or how to stay safe while operating a UW vessel, please contact the boating safety manager, Will Love, at or 206.616.3776. 

Jack Robertson research vessel
Jack Robertson research vessel