Official Boater Safety Courses
and Boat Safety Education Materials

Recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard, approved by NASBLA and your state boating license agency, and approved by Transport Canada

Approved by the U.S. Coast Guard, NASBLA, and your state

We know boater education can save lives and reduce accidents and injuries on the water. In the United States, more than 40 states have educational requirements for operating a boat or PWC on state waters. In Canada, all provinces have educational requirements for operating pleasure craft.

Boating safety is a concern for everyone on the water. Boaters can keep themselves and their passengers safe by learning about responsible boat operation, etiquette, and the rules of the waterways.

All Boat Ed boating education resources and boater’s license courses have been developed in conjunction with the boating safety agencies responsible for boater education in states and provinces, are approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and Transport Canada, and are recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard.

What boaters are saying about our online boater’s safety course

“This is a really well-done service. My son and I took (and passed) the course from his Mac laptop and my iPad—everything worked the way it was supposed to. I am very impressed with this whole process. Thanks!”

, Boat Ed student from Virginia
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“… I just want to tell you that as a professor, I’m an educator, and your course is absolutely fantastic. It really is very well done, there’s a real attention to detail. Your course is excellent.”

, Professor at La Salle University

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Comprehensive Boater Education Resources

pages from a boat safety handbook

Boat Ed is the only boating safety education course and exam provider that develops online courses, eBooks, and print materials on behalf of government boating and boater safety agencies in North America. Boat Ed also develops materials for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

It’s the law! Law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by knowing and following your state or province’s safe boating laws and guidelines found in our boater’s license courses and boater safety handbooks.

Even if you’re not required to pass a boater’s license course in your state or province, boater safety is everyone’s responsibility. An educated boater is a safer boater.

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Whether you’re getting on the water with a boat or a personal watercraft, Boat Ed’s online boater safety courses and tests can help you prepare for safe and responsible boating. You may have heard that you need a boating license to get on the water legally; in most states, however, you don’t need a boater’s license to operate legally. What you really need is a boater education card to serve as proof that you have successfully completed approved boaters education and that you understand the boating laws and regulations for the area where you plan to boat.