Hawaii Boating Laws and Regulations

Do you need Hawaii Boating education?


You need education if you will be operating a motorized boat over 10 hp or a PWC in Hawaii.

There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.

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


Boating education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

Age and Operator Restrictions

All persons operating a power-driven vessel with a motor that is more than 10 hp must complete a NASBLA‐approved boater safety education course and carry on board their certificate of completion. Taking this online course will satisfy the educational requirements.

To meet the Hawaii boating requirements, all PWC operators must be at least 15 years of age or older, must have completed this online course and an additional approved boater safety course from an accredited institution of higher learning, and carry their boating license on board. For more information, visit the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources website’s Personal Watercraft page.


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

Carry the Card: Vessel operators who are required to have a Boater Education Card must carry the card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by an enforcement officer.

Penalty: Not carrying your Boater Education Card when one is required can result in a fine.

Is the Boating Card the same as the Boating License?

The Boater Education Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all of the components of an approved Boating safety course and allows you to go boating. Because the Boating education card or certificate does not expire and does not need to be renewed, it is not called the Hawaii Boating License.

Even if not required by law to get the Hawaii boating education card, many boaters take the boat safety course in order to save on their PWC or boat insurance.

Do your part to make boating in Hawaii an enjoyable pastime! Become an educated, responsible boater by completing the Boat Hawaii course, and practice what you learn.


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.”)

Get Certified Online!

Take this Hawaii–approved course to complete your online Boating safety education.

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Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Hawaii Boating students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions