Persons 14 or 15 years old who operate a motorized vessel in Colorado
Get your Colorado Boating Safety Certificate in 3 steps.
Study and Pass the Colorado Boater Safety Course
Study the free online course material. After completing the course, you’ll take the Colorado Certification Exam.
(If you don’t pass on the first try, don’t worry. Keep taking the Certification Exam for free until you pass.)
Important!If you are 14 or 15 years of age and wish to operate a motorboat you are required to successfully complete a proctored exam in a classroom setting and cannot take the online course.
Pay and Print Your Temporary Certificate
After passing and paying the $29.50 course fee, you’ll instantly print out a temporary certificate, which is your temporary operating permit to operate legally on Colorado waters while you wait for your permanent card to arrive.
Receive Your Boater Education Card in the Mail
Your lifetime Colorado Boating Safety Certificate will arrive by mail in 8-10 business days. (Use your Temporary Boating Safety Certificate to get on the water immediately after passing the course and until your permanent card arrives.)
To help you improve your boating skills and to prepare you for the Certification 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: Colorado'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 Certification Exam
After completing all units, you’ll have the choice to proceed directly to the Certification Exam or you may first take a practice exam.
Both the practice exam and the Certification Exam cover all the course material and will assess your knowledge of boating safely on Colorado waters.
You must score 80% or greater on the Certification Exam to pass.
If you fail the Certification Exam, there is no penalty. You can retake the exam as many times as you like until you pass.
Illustration from Unit 2: Getting Out on the Water
Illustration from Unit 5: Boating Emergencies
Illustration from Unit 6: Enjoying Water Sports
A Comprehensive Course in Colorado Boating Education
Boating Basics Instruction
The Boat Colorado 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 Boat Colorado, Boating Safety in Colorado, which was developed and printed by Boat Ed specifically for the Colorado State Parks 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 boater safety course is based on the Boat Colorado, Boating Safety in Colorado manual.
This Colorado boater education course covers a range of topics—from safety instructions to boat handling to reading the weather—and prepares you for a variety of situations you could find yourself in while on the water.
Boaters can keep themselves and their passengers safe by learning about responsible boat operation, etiquette, and the rules of the water.
Because educated boaters are safer boaters, completing this Colorado-approved online course can also earn you a discount on your boat and PWC insurance.
Learn the rules of the water to have a safe and enjoyable day boating in Colorado.
Free boat safety exam training material recognized by Colorado State Parks.
The Colorado online boater education study guide and course feature context-based video instruction to enhance your retention and motivation. You will watch live-action videos of boat and PWC operators preparing for an outing, using good judgement, and reacting to unexpected changes.
Sample course instructional video, “Casting Off”
Sample course instructional video, “Capsizing, Swamping, or Falling Overboard”
Learning in this Colorado boater safety course is reinforced by the use of interactive animations that help students understand safe boating skills such as understanding traffic laws on the water, dealing with emergencies, and more.
Interactive Animation Preview Video (00:45s)
It’s Official and Approved!
This online boater education course is approved by the Colorado State Parks and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as an approved online boating license course.
It’s the Law!
Colorado law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the Colorado boating laws and guidelines in this course.
It’s Fast and Easy!
With this complete boater course, finish your classroom boating safety educational requirement at your own pace on your mobile device or computer in a just a few hours. Complete the course in one sitting or a little at a time. It’s up to you.
It’s Made in the USA!
This Colorado boat license safety course is proudly made in Dallas, Texas, USA, and our servers and data storage facilities are located within the USA.