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Louisiana Boating Safety Course

Take this Louisiana–approved course to complete your online boating safety education. Boat-ed.com is a delegated provider for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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Do you need Louisiana Boating education?

You need education if you were born after Jan. 1, 1984, and will be operating a motorboat or PWC over 10 hp in Louisiana.

Get boater certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study and pass the $39.95 online course.

  2. Print your online course completion document.

  3. Get ready to go boating!

Do you need a Boating License in Louisiana?

Louisiana law requires boat safety education for all boat operators born after January 1, 1984, who will be operating a motorized vessel over 10 hp. The minimum age requirement for the online course is 10 years old. Not carrying your Louisiana Boater Card when it is required can result in a fine.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Requirements

You must be at least 10 years old to take this online course.

You do not have to be a resident of Louisiana 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 Louisiana Boating Safety Education

This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Boating safety education established by Louisiana. 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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Louisiana Approved

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000, 2000 Quail Dr. Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70898

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 Boater Education Certificate. You can get the Boater Education Certificate by taking this boat safety course at boat-ed.com. Find out if you need the card.

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Louisiana Frequently Asked Questions

Price and Payment

How much does the Louisiana Boat Ed Course cost?

The Louisiana Boat Ed Course fee is $39.95.

Taking the Course

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

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 10 years old to take this online course.

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

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

Course Approval and Acceptance

Is the Louisiana Boat Ed Course approved by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries?

The Louisiana Boat Ed Course is approved and accepted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Is my Louisiana Boater Education 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 can take it 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 Louisiana Boat Ed Course completion?

Once you pass and pay for the online course, you will be able to immediately print out the Temporary Boater Education Certificate. This is your proof of online course completion. You can print the Temporary Boater Education Certificate right then, and/or request that a PDF be emailed to you. This certificate EXPIRES 60 days after course completion.

What is the permanent Louisiana Boater Education Certificate?

The Boater Education Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all the education requirements. After completing the online course, you will receive an email from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries with instructions on how to print your permanent Boater Education Certificate.

Replacement of Lost or Damaged Documents

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

To replace a lost, destroyed, or damaged Boater Education Certificate, go to https://louisianaoutdoors.com/dashboard.

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