Official Michigan Boating Safety Course

Take this Michigan–approved course to complete your online boating safety education.

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Do you need Michigan Boating education?

You need education if you were born after June 30, 1996, and will be operating a vessel in Michigan. Most PWC operators also need education.

Get Boating certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study and pass the $29.50 online course.

  2. Print your online course completion document.

  3. Get ready to go boating!

Michigan Boating Education Requirements

All operators born before July 1, 1996, may operate a vessel legally without any restrictions. All operators under the age of 12 years:

  • May operate a vessel powered by a motor of no more than 6 horsepower (hp) without any restrictions and…
  • May operate a vessel powered by a motor of more than 6 hp but less than 35 hp only if they have a valid boating safety certificate and are under the direct supervision of a person 16 years of age.
  • All operators born on or before December 31, 1978, may operate a PWC legally without any restrictions. Anyone under the age of 14 years may not legally operate a PWC.

    Michigan Department of Natural Resources Requirements

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

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

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

    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.

    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.

    1-800-830-2268 toll-free



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    Michigan Approved

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    Michigan Department of Natural Resources
    PO Box 30028
    Lansing, MI 48909

    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 Michigan Boating Safety Certificate. You can get the Michigan Boating Safety Certificate by taking this boat safety course at Find out if you need the card.

    Did you lose your card? Replace it here.

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

    Frequently Asked Questions