2019 Courses of Instruction


  • April 16-18, 2019
  • October 1-3, 2019

Prerequisite: This is a basic boat operation course so there are no prerequisites for this course.  Anyone born after January 1, 1984, is required to complete a boating safety course to operate a boat on Missouri's lakes prior to the state of the class.  Students must bring a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device to class, which will be worn during the practical portion of this course.

Course Description: This course is intended for students who have little to no boat operation experience.  Students will receive classroom instruction on boating operation fundamentals, basic mechanical issues, and boating nomenclature (4 hours).  The student will receive hands on training in backing trailers and launching boats.  They will also receive hands on training in proper boating operation fundamentals.  These fundamentals include properly trimming a boat motor, pulling alongside other boats or objects, and proper ferrying techniques.  Each student will be required to complete and pass three different courses of operation.  These courses of operation include a planing course, a backing course, and a slalom course.  Students will also be required to successfully pull alongside another vessel in moving water.  The practical portion of the course is 12 to 16 hours, depending on student abilities and the weather.

Who Should Attend: Agencies who have acquired rescue style boats to use in performing their job function and who have limited access to training in using those craft.  This course is designed for firemen, DNR personnel, sheriff's departments, park rangers, and troopers who may be called upon to assist Water Patrol Division officers in search and rescue or body recovery.

Tuition/Registration Fees: Registration fees are due by the first day of class.  If fees are not paid in full prior to completion of class, certificates and continuing education hours will not be issued unless payment is received.


  • $390 - tuition, meals and lodging
  • $279 - tuition and meals

Continuing Education Hours:

  • 12 hours of Skill Development
  • 4 hours of Technical Knowledge

Mineral Area College Credit:

  • None
  • Sergeant David Echternacht
  • 573-751-9942
For questions concerning enrollment:
  • Jeanette Ford
  • 573-751-3626 or jeanette.ford@mshp.dps.mo.gov

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