Official Iowa Boating Safety Course Online
Take this Iowa–approved course to complete your online boating safety education.
two exam attempts
Get boater certified in 3 steps.
Study and pass the $34.95 course, and pay a $5.00 state fee.
Print your online course completion document.
Get ready to go boating!
Iowa Boating Education Requirements
Anyone under the age of 12 years may operate a vessel powered by a motor of more than 10 horsepower, including a personal watercraft (PWC), only if he or she is accompanied by a person 18 years or older who is experienced in operating a vessel. Anyone older than 18 years of age may operate a motorized vessel or PWC without any restrictions.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources Requirements
You must be at least 12 years old to take this online course.
You do not have to be a resident of Iowa 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 Iowa Boating Safety Education
This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Boating safety education established by Iowa. 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.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
502 E. 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0034
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 Iowa Boater Education Certificate. You can get the Iowa 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 Iowa Boating students most frequently ask.Iowa Frequently Asked Questions