Official Illinois Boating Safety Course Online
Take this Illinois–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!
Illinois Boating Education Requirements
Anyone under the age of 10 years may not operate any motorized vessel, including the personal watercraft (PWC). Anyone older than 10 years but less than 12 years may only operate a vessel powered by a motor of more than 10 horsepower only if he or she is under a parent or guardian's direct control. Anyone 18 years or older may operate a motorized vessel or PWC without any restrictions.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Requirements
You must be at least 11 years old to take this online course.
You do not have to be a resident of Illinois 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 Illinois Boating Safety Education
This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Boating safety education established by Illinois. 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.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702-1271
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 Illinois Boating Safety Certificate. You can get the Illinois Boating Safety 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 Illinois Boating students most frequently ask.Frequently Asked Questions