Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1982, who operates a boat or PWC over 10 hp in Ohio
Get your Ohio Boater Education Certificate in 3 steps.
Study and Pass the Ohio Boater Safety Course
Study the free online course material. After completing the course, you’ll take the Ohio Certification Exam.
(If you don’t pass on the first try, don’t worry. Keep taking the Certification Exam for free until you pass.)
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 Ohio waters while you wait for your permanent card to arrive.
Receive Your Boater Education Card in the Mail
Your lifetime Ohio Boater Education Certificate will arrive by mail in 2-3 weeks. (Use your Temporary Boater Education Certificate to get on the water immediately after passing the course and until your permanent card arrives.)
This Ohio 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 Ohio-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 Ohio.
Free boat safety exam training material recognized by Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft.
The Ohio 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 Ohio 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 Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as an approved online boating license course.
It’s the Law!
Ohio law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the Ohio 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 Ohio boat license safety course is proudly made in Dallas, Texas, USA, and our servers and data storage facilities are located within the USA.