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Official Minnesota Boating Safety Course

Take this Minnesota–approved course to complete your online boating safety education. Boat-ed.com is a delegated provider for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Do you need Minnesota Boating education?

You need education if you are 12 to 17 years old, are unsupervised, and will be operating a boat over 25 hp in Minnesota. You also need education if you are 14 to 17 years old, are unsupervised, and will be operating a PWC.

Do you need a Boating License in Minnesota?

Anyone under the age of 13 years may not legally operate a personal watercraft (PWC). Anyone 18 years of age or older may operate a motorized vessel or PWC without any restrictions.

Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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.

Watch this 54-second sample to see how we put you in the driver’s seat.

Comprehensive Instruction in Minnesota Boating Safety Education

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

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road St. Paul, MN 55155-4040 888-646-6367

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We’re people, not robots.

Your Boat Ed course comes with a dedicated customer service team made up of real people, not robots. We’re here to provide assistance to you through all channels—phone, email, and chat.

We’re available to help you:

9:00am to Midnight EST, seven days a week.
1-800-830-2268 (toll free), or 214-351-0461