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Official Colorado Boating Safety Course

Take this Colorado–approved course to complete your online boating safety education. Boat-ed.com is a delegated provider for the Colorado State Parks.

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Do you need Colorado Boating education?

You need education if you are 14 or 15 years old and will be operating a motorized vessel in Colorado.

Get boater certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study and pass the $34.95 online course.

  2. Print your online course completion document.

  3. Get ready to go boating!

Do you need a Boating License in Colorado?

Any motorized boat operator 14 or 15 years old is required by Colorado law to pass a boater safety course and to carry a boater education card. The age requirement for the online course is 16 years old.

Colorado State Parks Requirements

Important! If you are 14 or 15 years old and wish to operate a motorboat, you are required to successfully complete a proctored exam in a classroom setting and cannot take the online course.

You must be at least 16 years old to take this online course.

You do not have to be a resident of Colorado to take this online course.

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What to Expect From Boat Ed

Live‐Action, High‐Definition Videos

Our course videos feature a combination of professional educators (who double as professional actors), entertaining storylines, and up‐to‐date scenarios that give you one of the most effective ways to learn safe boating practices.

Watch this 54-second sample to see how we put you in the driver’s seat.

Comprehensive Instruction in Colorado Boating Safety Education

This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Boating safety education established by Colorado. Boat Ed is the only safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of government agencies responsible for Boating laws and regulations.

Learn Your Way on Any Device

Boat Ed offers online courses that are fully mobile-friendly from start to finish. This safety course is designed to work on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

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Saved Progress

You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or a little at a time over several days. Log in and out at any time, and we'll keep track of your progress. Most students finish the course in a few hours.

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Colorado Approved

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Colorado State Parks
1313 Sherman Street, Suite 618 Denver, CO 80203

Made in the U.S.A.

This safety course is proudly made to serve students, agencies, and organizations worldwide.

Is it the Boating safety license?

Boating safety education certification is not the same thing as a Boating license. What you really need is the Boating Safety Certificate. You can get the Boating Safety Certificate by taking this boat safety course at boat-ed.com. Find out if you need the card.

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Colorado Frequently Asked Questions

Price and Payment

How much does the Colorado Boat Ed Course cost?

The Colorado Boat Ed Course fee is $34.95.

Taking the Course

Are there any age or operator restrictions for boating in Colorado?

Do I have to complete the course all at once?

You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or completed a little at a time over several days. All pay-up-front courses are available for 90 days from time of registration and payment.

What is the minimum age to take this online course?

You must be at least 16 years old to take this online course.

Do I have to be a resident to take the Colorado Boat Ed Course?

You do not have to be a resident of Colorado to take this online course.

Course Approval and Acceptance

Is the Colorado Boat Ed Course approved by the Colorado State Parks?

The Colorado Boat Ed Course is approved and accepted by the Colorado State Parks.

Is my Colorado Boating Safety Certificate accepted elsewhere?

For visiting boaters, all states, territories, and provinces will recognize boating education cards that meet NASBLA requirements and Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Cards that meet Transport Canada’s requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

Quizzes and/or Exams

I failed a unit quiz. Have I failed the course?

If you fail a unit quiz, you must restudy the unit and take the quiz again until you pass. You must score at least 70% on the unit quizzes to pass.

Do I have to take an online exam?

The Certification Exam is the exam you take at the end of the online course. You must score at least 80% on the exam to pass. You have unlimited attempts to pass the exam. If you don’t complete the exam in one session, don’t worry. When you log in later, you will be taken to the first unanswered question of the exam.

About Your Certification

What is the proof of online Colorado Boat Ed Course course completion?

Once you pass and pay for the online course, you will be able to immediately print out the Temporary Boating Safety Certificate. This is your proof of online course completion. You can print the Temporary Boating Safety Certificate right then, and/or request that a PDF be emailed to you. This certificate EXPIRES 30 days after course completion.

What is the permanent Colorado Boating Safety Certificate?

The Boating Safety Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all the education requirements. The Boating Safety Certificate will arrive within 8-10 business days after you complete all certification requirements.

Replacement of Lost or Damaged Documents

How do I replace my Boating Safety Certificate if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?

To replace a lost, destroyed, or damaged Boating Safety Certificate, go to https://ilostmycard.com/.

We’re people, not robots.

Your Boat Ed course comes with a dedicated customer service team made up of real people, not robots. We’re here to provide assistance to you through all channels—phone, email, and chat.

We’re available to help you:

9:00am to Midnight EST, seven days a week.
1-800-830-2268 (toll free)