Anyone born after Dec. 30, 1986, who operates a motorboat or PWC in West Virginia
Get your West Virginia Boater Education Certificate in 3 steps.
Study and Pass the West Virginia Boater Safety Course
Study the free online course material. After completing the course, you’ll take the West Virginia 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 West Virginia waters while you wait for your permanent card to arrive.
Receive Your Boater Education Card in the Mail
Your lifetime West 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.)
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: West 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 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia Boating Education
Boating Basics Instruction
The Boat West 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 license course is based on the Boat America manual, which Boat Ed developed and printed. 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.
Although boater education is not required in West Virginia, all boaters are responsible for learning their state laws and regulations to stay safe on the water.
This boater safety course is based on the Boat America manual.
This West 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 West Virginia-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 West Virginia.
Free boat safety exam training material recognized by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
The West 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.
Sample course instructional video, “Casting Off”
Sample course instructional video, “Capsizing, Swamping, or Falling Overboard”
Learning in this West Virginia 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 West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as an approved online boating license course.
It’s the Law!
West Virginia law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the West 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 West Virginia boat license safety course is proudly made in Dallas, Texas, USA, and our servers and data storage facilities are located within the USA.