Official Boater Safety Education Course
Take this Alabama state–approved online course and complete your classroom requirement in a few hours.
An Alabama boating license is required for all persons 12 years of age and older who operate a motorized vessel on Alabama waters.
Get your Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion in 3 Steps.
Study & Pass the Alabama Boater Safety Course
Study the free online course material. After completing the course, you’ll take the Alabama boating license final exam. (If you don’t pass on the first try, don’t worry. Keep taking the exam for free until you pass.)
Receive Your Course Certificate of Completion in the Mail
After passing and paying the $29.50 course fee, you'll receive your official Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion by mail within 2–3 weeks.
Go to DPS Driver’s License Examining Office
To get your Alabama Vessel Operator's License, just go to the Department of Public Safety Driver’s License Examining Office in your county, and present the Boating Course Certificate of Completion.Ready? Start the Course Today →
What to Expect When Taking the Course
Learning: Step by Step
To help you improve your boating skills and to prepare you for the final exam, the course is broken down into 6 easy-to-understand units that you can complete at your own pace:
- Unit 1: Before Getting Underway
- Unit 2: Getting Out on the Water
- Unit 3: Navigation and Safe Operation
- Unit 4: Alabama's Legal Requirements of Boating
- Unit 5: Boating Emergencies
- Unit 6: Enjoying Water Sports
Reinforcement: Unit Quizzes
As you progress through the course, you’ll be given the opportunity to demonstrate how well you’re understanding the boater safety topics by taking a quiz at the end of each of the 6 units.
You’ll need to score 70% or greater on the unit quiz before moving on to the next unit.
If you don’t pass a unit quiz, that’s no problem. You’ll just go back and study the unit again until you’re ready to pass.
Mastery: The Final Exam
After completing all units, you’ll have the choice to proceed directly to the online boating license Boating License Certification Exam or you may first take a practice exam.
Both the practice exam and the final exam cover all the course material and will assess your knowledge of boating safely on Alabama waters.
You must score 80% or greater on the final exam to pass. If you fail the final exam, there is no penalty. You can retake the exam as many times as you like until you pass.
A Comprehensive Course in Alabama Boating Education
Developed Specifically for Alabama Boaters
Boating Basics Instruction
The Boat Alabama Course features easy to understand boating safety instructions and hundreds of detailed illustrations to help you improve your boating skills and become a better, more prepared skipper.
This online boating safety course is based on the Boat Alabama, A Course on Responsible Boating manual that was developed and printed by Boat Ed specifically for the Alabama Marine Police Division for use in classroom instruction.
Boat Ed is the only boating safety education course and exam provider that develops print materials on behalf of state government boating and boater safety agencies.
- This is the same course that is used by Alabama Marine Police Division for classroom instruction.
- Boat Ed is the only boating safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Comprehensive Boater Education Content
This Alabama boater education course covers a range of topics-from safety instructions to boat handling to reading the weather-and preparing you for a variety of situations you could find yourself in while on the water.
Whether or not you are required to complete Alabama’s boat safety course requirement, all boaters have a responsibility to learn about boat operation, communications, navigation, and life- saving techniques before taking to the water.
Because educated boaters are safer boaters, completing this Alabama-approved online course can also earn you a discount on your boat and PWC insurance.
The Alabama online boating license study guide and course features context-based video instruction to enhance your retention and motivation as you watch live-action video of boat and PWC operators, preparing and using good judgment when planning an outing or reacting to unexpected changes.
Learning in this Alabama boater safety course is reinforced by the use of interactive animations that help students understand safe boating skills such as casting off and docking, understanding traffic laws on the water, dealing with emergencies, and more.
It’s Official and Approved!
This online boater education course is approved by the Alabama Marine Police Division and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as an approved online boating license course.
It’s the Law!
Alabama law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the Alabama boating laws and guidelines in this course.
It’s Fast & Easy!
With this boater course, you’ll be on the water with a temporary boater education certificate in a few hours, and you can complete the online course at your own pace on a desktop computer or on any mobile smartphone or tablet.
It’s Made in the USA!
This Alabama boat license safety course is proudly made in Dallas, Texas, USA, and our servers and data storage facilities are located within the U.S.A. Recreational boating is truly one of America’s favorite pastimes and a freedom we all should continue to enjoy.
How do I get my state boating license?
You may have heard that you need the Alabama Boat License to operate your boat, but what you really need is the Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion. You can get the Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion by taking this Boat License Safety course at boat-ed.com. Find out if you need the card.
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Boat Alabama Certification Manual, developed for Alabama Marine Police Division and available online only at boat-ed.com
For New and Experienced Alabama Boaters
Alabama Marine Police Division
64 N. Union Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36130