Boating

Review: Online Boater Education Courses

Online boater safety education is convenient, allowing you to complete your state requirements when, where, and how you choose. But it can be tricky to understand the differences in the online courses available. This online boater education review explains the basics of each course, so you can find the right course for you.

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Boat Ed

Boat Ed offers online boater education courses for more than 48 states as well as Canada. Courses are approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), the U.S. Coast Guard, and Transport Canada. Prices for the course vary by state, ranging from $19.50 to $39.50. The course can be completed on a desktop computer, smartphone, or other Internet-capable device. Each course features professional-quality videos with live actors and some interactive animations. Illustrations are detailed and realistic. Courses are timed, but the course saves your place if you stop. Quizzes at the end of each unit mark progress, and students can retake the final exam. Students only pay when they pass the course. After completing the course, students can download a temporary certificate immediately, with permanent cards sent in the mail.

Boat Ed has a 4.8-star rating rating from Shopper Approved.

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ilearntoboat

ilearntoboat is an interactive online boater safety course available in 14 states across the U.S., including New York, California, and Florida. ilearntoboat is the only interactive course recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard, NASBLA, and local state boating licensing agencies. The course is $49.50 in every state and can be completed on a computer, tablet, or mobile device. The ilearntoboat course is gamified around real-life scenarios that allow you to complete challenges to advance. There are no timers, and the course is available for 90 days from time of registration and payment. Once the course is passed and paid for, you can immediately print the certificate of completion, which is proof of your online course completion.

ilearntoboat has a 4.7-star rating rating from Shopper Approved.

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BoatUS

BoatUS offers online boater education courses for 38 states. Courses are approved by NASBLA. The course is free but a donation is strongly suggested. The course cannot be completed on a smartphone or other device, and is only compatible with some Internet browsers. The course is timed and you can save your place, but an inactive page may cause you to lose your progress. The course is text-based, with some illustrations and limited interactive modules such as “fill in the blank” answers. The course includes quizzes and a final exam. After completing the course, students may order a paper or plastic certificate for a fee; in some states, you may have to complete additional steps in order to complete your certification.

BoatUS has not been reviewed on an independent review site.

Boater Exam

Boater Exam offers online boater education courses for 45 states as well as Canada. Courses are approved by NASBLA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Transport Canada. Courses are $19.95 to $49.95, with most courses priced at $29.95. The course can be completed on a desktop computer, smartphone, or other internet-capable device. Each course features cartoon-style videos, illustrations, and animations. Courses are timed, but the course saves your place if you stop. Quizzes at the end of each unit mark progress, and students can retake the final exam. Students pay after completing the course and are emailed a temporary certificate to print out.

Boater Exam has a 5-star rating from independent review site Trustpilot.

It’s important that you choose the right course for your needs. You should balance course quality against price and other considerations. Of course, we hope you’ll try our courses at BOATERexam.com.

Safe boating!