Official Boater Safety Education Course

Take this Arkansas state–approved online course and complete your classroom requirement in a few hours.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, US Coast Guard, and NASBLA logos Approved by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Who Needs the Card?

Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1985, and of legal age to operate a motorboat or sailboat in Arkansas

Get your Arkansas Boating Safety Education Certificate in 3 steps.

  1. Study and Pass the Arkansas Boater Safety Course

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

  2. Pay and Sign-Up for In-Person Exam

    After passing and paying the $24.50 course fee, you'll print out a Online Course Completion Voucher, which will serve as your admission ticket for the state-required In-Person Exam. Find a testing location at

  3. Take the In-Person Exam

    Your printed Online Course Completion Voucher will be your admission ticket to the In-Person Exam. After you pass the In-Person Exam, you will receive your official boating safety certificate from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission by mail.

    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 Online Boating 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: Arkansas'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 Online Boating Exam

After completing all units, you’ll have the choice to proceed directly to the Online Boating Exam or you may first take a practice exam.

Both the practice exam and the Online Boating Exam cover all the course material and will assess your knowledge of boating safely on Arkansas waters.

You must score 80% or greater on the Online Boating Exam to pass. If you fail the Online Boating 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 Arkansas Boating Education

Video Instruction

The Arkansas 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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas, A Course on Responsible Boating, which was developed and printed by Boat Ed specifically for use with the Boat Arkansas Course.

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.

  • Arkansas Specific Safety Topics This boater safety course is based on the Boat Arkansas, A Course on Responsible Boating 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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas-approved online course may 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 Arkansas.
  • Figure from Unit 3 - Penalties for Operating Under the Influence
    Free boat safety exam training material recognized by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Interactive Animations

Learning in this Arkansas 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 Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as an approved online boating license course.

It’s the Law!

Arkansas law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the Arkansas boating laws and guidelines in this course.

It’s Fast and Easy!

With this boater course, you can complete the online course state education requirement at your own pace on a desktop computer or on any mobile smartphone or tablet.

It’s Made in the USA!

This Arkansas 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 Arkansas Boat License to operate your boat, but what you really need is the Arkansas Boating Safety Education Certificate. You can get the Arkansas Boating Safety Education Certificate by taking this Boat License Safety course at Find out if you need the card.

Did you lose your card? Replace it here.

Got the Card? Get the Handbook

The Handbook of Arkansas Boating Laws and Responsibilities, developed for Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and available online only at

For New and Experienced Arkansas Boaters

Approved by:

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
2 Natural Resources Dr.
Little Rock, AR 72205