Official Boater Safety Education Course

Take this Alaska state–approved online course, print your temporary certificate, and be on the water in just a few hours.

Alaska Office of Boating Safety, US Coast Guard, and NASBLA logos Approved by Alaska Office of Boating Safety

Who Needs the Card?

Alaska does not require a card. You can take this course to save on insurance or to boat in states that require a card.

Get your Alaska Boater Education Certificate in 3 steps.

  1. Study and Pass the Alaska Boater Safety Course

    Study the free online course material. After completing the course, you’ll take the Alaska Boating Certification Exam. (If you don’t pass on the first try, don’t worry. Keep taking the Boating Certification Exam for free until you pass.)

  2. 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 on state waters where boater education is required while you wait for your permanent card to arrive.

  3. Receive Your Boater Education Card in the Mail

    Your lifetime Alaska Boater Education Certificate will arrive by mail in 8-10 business days. (The certificate may make you eligible for a discount on your boater's insurance.)

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What to Expect When Taking the Course

Learning: Step by Step

To help you improve your boating skills and to prepare you for the Boating 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: Alaska's Legal Requirements of Boating
  • Unit 5: Boating Emergencies
  • Unit 6: Enjoying Water Sports

Topics: For Alaskan Boaters

Alaska’s many famous rivers, lakes, and protected coastal waters offer the chance to experience boating from mild to wild. But remember that safety on Alaska’s waterways is everyone’s responsibility.

This official Alaska boater education training program is a boating course designed for Alaskans and will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to be a safer boater on the unique and varied waters of “The Last Frontier.”

Read each chapter. The chapters are organized to form building blocks of information. Each chapter will help you understand the information in the next chapters.

Mastery: The Final Exam

After completing all units, you'll proceed directly to the online Boating Certification Exam.

The final exam covers all the course material and will assess your knowledge of boating safely on Alaska 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.

  • Boat ramp etiquette
    Illustration from Unit 2: Getting Out on the Water
  • Boating safety tips
    Illustration from Unit 5: Boating Emergencies
  • Local regulations
    Illustration from Unit 6: Enjoying Water Sports

A Comprehensive Course in Alaska Boating Education

Video Instruction

The Alaska 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 judgment, and reacting to unexpected changes.

Boating Basics Instruction

The Boat Alaska 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 certificate 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 Alaska, all boaters are responsible for learning their state laws and regulations to stay safe on the water.

  • Alaska Specific Safety Topics This boater safety course is based on the Boat America manual.
  • Boating safety education has proven to be successful in reducing boating accidents, injuries, and conflicts among boaters 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 Alaska 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 Alaska-approved online course can also earn you a discount on your boat and PWC insurance.

  • Figure from Unit 4 - Preparing Your Anchor Learn the rules of the water to have a safe and enjoyable day boating in Alaska.
  • Figure from Unit 3 - Penalties for Operating Under the Influence
    Free boat safety exam training material recognized by Alaska Office of Boating Safety.

Interactive Animations

Learning in this Alaska 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.

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It’s Official and Approved!

This online boater education course is approved by the Alaska Office of Boating Safety and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as an approved online boating certificate course.

It’s Smart!

Whether or not your state requires boater education, learning your state’s boating laws and regulations can make you safer on the water.

It’s Fast and Easy!

With this complete boater safety course, finish your boating education 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 Alaska boat certificate 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 certificate?

You may have heard that you need the Alaska Boat License to operate your boat, but what you really need is the Alaska Boater Education Certificate. You can get the Alaska Boater Education Certificate by taking this Boat Certificate Safety course at Find out if you need the card.

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Approved by:

Alaska Office of Boating Safety
550 W. 7th Ave. #1380
Anchorage, AK 99501