Official District of Columbia Boating Safety Course Online
Take this District of Columbia–approved course to complete your online boating safety education.
unlimited exam attempts
Get Boating certified in 3 steps.
Study and pass the $29.50 online course.
Print your online course completion document.
Get ready to go boating!
District of Columbia Boating Education Requirements
To operate a motorized vessel in District of Columbia, you need boating education. No one under the age of 18 years may legally operate a motorized vessel over 16 feet in length unless he or she:
- Has the proof of successfully completing a boating safety course or…
- Is operating the vessel under the direct supervision of an adult who has successfully completed a boating safety course.
District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, Harbor Patrol Requirements
There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.
You do not have to be a resident of District of Columbia to take this online course.
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.
Comprehensive Instruction in District of Columbia Boating Safety Education
This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Boating safety education established by District of Columbia. 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.
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.
We’re people, not robots.
Our customer service team, made up of real people with real Boat Ed experience, is here to provide assistance through all channels—phone, email, and chat.
8:30 a.m. to midnight CST Monday–Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST Saturday & Sunday
Get help seven days a week from professionals like Bill, Diana, Heidi, Laura, Lilibeth, Liz, Marc, Nichole, and Thomas.
District of Columbia Approved
District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, Harbor Patrol
550 Water St., SW
Washington, DC 20024
Made in the U.S.A.
This safety course is proudly made in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A., and our servers and data storage facilities are located within the U.S.A.
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 District of Columbia Boater Education Certificate. You can get the District of Columbia Boater Education Certificate by taking this boat safety course at boat-ed.com. Find out if you need the card.
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Need help? Here are the answers to the questions District of Columbia Boating students most frequently ask.Frequently Asked Questions