Official Boater Safety Education Course
Take this Wisconsin state–approved online course, print your temporary certificate, and be on the water in just a few hours.
Anyone born on or after January 1, 1989, who operates a powerboat or personal watercraft on Wisconsin waters
Get your Wisconsin Boating Safety Education Certificate in 3 Steps.
Study and Pass the Wisconsin Boater Safety Course
Study the free online course material. After completing the course, you’ll take the Wisconsin Final Exam. (If you don’t pass on the first try, don’t worry. Keep taking the exam for free until you pass.)
Important! You'll need your WI DNR Customer Number to complete the course. Call WI DNR at 1-888-936-7463 between 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM or visit a DNR service center to get yours.
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 Wisconsin waters while you wait for your permanent card to arrive.
Receive Your Boater Education Card in the Mail
Your lifetime Wisconsin Boating Safety Education Certificate will arrive by mail in 6 weeks. (Use your Boating Safety 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 and to prepare you for the final exam, the course is broken down into 7 easy-to-understand units that you can complete at your own pace:
- Unit 1: How This Course Works
- Unit 2: Before Getting Underway
- Unit 3: Getting Out on the Water
- Unit 4: Navigation and Safe Operation
- Unit 5: Wisconsin's Legal Requirements of Boating
- Unit 6: Boating Emergencies
- Unit 7: 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 7 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 Final 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin Boating Education
Developed Specifically for Wisconsin Boaters
Boating Basics Instruction
The Boat Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin - A Course on Responsible Boating, which was developed and printed by Boat Ed specifically for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 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 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 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 Wisconsin 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.
Whether or not you are required to complete Wisconsin’s boating safety course requirement, all boaters have a responsibility to learn about boat operation, communication, navigation, and life-saving techniques before taking to the water.
Because educated boaters are safer boaters, completing this Wisconsin-approved online course can also earn you a discount on your boat and PWC insurance.
The Wisconsin 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.
Learning in this Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as an approved online boating license course.
It’s the Law!
Wisconsin law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin boat license safety course is proudly made in Dallas, Texas, USA, and our servers and data storage facilities are located within the USA 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 Wisconsin Boat License to operate your boat, but what you really need is the Wisconsin Boating Safety Education Certificate. You can get the Wisconsin Boating Safety 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.
Got the Card? Get the Handbook
The Handbook of Wisconsin Boating Laws and Responsibilities, developed for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and available online only at boat-ed.com
For New and Experienced Wisconsin Boaters
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S. Webster Street . PO Box 7921
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7921