Official Boater Safety Education Course
Take this Virginia state–approved online course, print your temporary certificate, and be on the water in just a few hours.
All PWC operators regardless of age, and motorboat operators 30 years of age or younger must complete a boating safety course.
Get your Virginia Boater Education Certificate in 3 steps.
Study and Pass the Virginia Boater Safety Course
Register for the course, study the free online course material, and pass the Virginia boating license quizzes. Once you pass all of the quizzes, you have passed the 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 Virginia waters while you wait for your permanent card to arrive.
Receive Your Boater Education Card in the Mail
Your lifetime Virginia Boater Education Certificate will arrive by mail in 8-10 business days. (Use your Temporary Boater Education Certificate to get on the water immediately after passing the course and until your permanent card arrives.)Ready? Start the Course Today →
What to Expect When Taking the Course
Learning: Step by Step
To help you improve your boating skills , 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: Virginia'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 90% 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: Course Completion
After passing all the unit quizzes with a score of 90% or greater you will have demonstrated successful mastery of the boating safety course material.
By taking a boating safety course and applying the lessons you learn, you help to ensure that our waterways are the safest they can be.
A Comprehensive Course in Virginia Boating Education
Developed Specifically for Virginia Boaters
Boating Basics Instruction
The Boat Virginia 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 Virginia - A Course on Responsible Boating, which was developed and printed by Boat Ed specifically for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries 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 Virginia - A Course on Responsible Boating manual.
- 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 Virginia 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 Virginia-approved online course can also earn you a discount on your boat and PWC insurance.
The Virginia 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.
Boat Virginia Video Course
Want to learn about boating safety as a family? Prefer a video course with a mail-in test? You can order the official Boat Virginia video home-study course on boat and PWC safety.
Learning in this Virginia 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 Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as an approved online boating license course.
It’s the Law!
Virginia law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the Virginia 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 Virginia boat license safety course is proudly made in Dallas, Texas, USA, and our servers and data storage facilities are located within the USA.
How do I get my state boating license?
You may have heard that you need the Virginia Boat License to operate your boat, but what you really need is the Virginia Boater Education Certificate. You can get the Virginia Boater Education Certificate by taking this Boat License Safety course at boat-ed.com. Find out if you need the card.
Did you lose your card? Replace it here.
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
4010 West Broad Street, P.O. Box 11104
Richmond, Virginia 23230