Official Boater Safety Education Course

Take this New Hampshire state–approved online course, pass the in-person exam, and get on the water!

Who Needs the Card?

Persons at least 16 years old who operate a motorboat over 25 hp or a ski craft in New Hampshire

Get your New Hampshire Safe Boater Education Certificate in 3 steps.

  1. Study and Pass the New Hampshire Boater Safety Course

    Study the free online course material. After completing the course, you’ll take the New Hampshire Online Exam. (If you don’t pass on the first try, don’t worry. Keep taking the Online Exam for free until you pass.)

    Age Requirement You must be at least 15 years old to take the online course.

  2. Pay and Print Your Online Exam Results Slip

    After passing and paying the $34.50 course fee, which includes the mandatory In-Person Exam, you will be given a link to your online course completion document, called an Online Exam Results Slip.

  3. Take the In-Person Exam

    Please wait two business days, then call New Hampshire Boating Education at 1-888-254-2125 to schedule a time for an In-Person Exam at one of numerous locations at no additional cost. (View a list of current NH Boating Safety Proctored Exam offerings.)

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What to Expect When Taking the Course

Learning: Step by Step

To help you improve your boating skills and to prepare you for the Online Exam, the course is broken down into 6 easy-to-understand units that you can complete at your own pace:

  • Unit 1: Before Getting Underway
  • Unit 2: Getting Out on the Water
  • Unit 3: Navigation and Safe Operation
  • Unit 4: New Hampshire's Legal Requirements of Boating
  • Unit 5: Boating Emergencies
  • Unit 6: Enjoying Water Sports

Reinforcement: Unit Quizzes

As you progress through the course, you’ll be given the opportunity to demonstrate how well you’re understanding the boater safety topics by taking a quiz at the end of each of the 6 units.

You’ll need to score 70% or greater on the unit quiz before moving on to the next unit.

If you don’t pass a unit quiz, that’s no problem. You’ll just go back and take it again.

Mastery: The Online Exam

After completing all units, you’ll have the choice to proceed directly to the Online Exam or you may first take a practice exam.

Both the practice exam and the Online Exam cover all the course material and will assess your knowledge of boating safely on New Hampshire waters.

You must score 80% or greater on the Online Exam to pass. If you fail the Online Exam, there is no penalty. You can retake the exam as many times as you like until you pass.

  • Boat ramp etiquette
    Illustration from Unit 2: Getting Out on the Water
  • Boating safety tips
    Illustration from Unit 5: Boating Emergencies
  • Local regulations
    Illustration from Unit 6: Enjoying Water Sports

A Comprehensive Course in New Hampshire Boating Education

Video Instruction

The New Hampshire online boater education study guide and course feature context-based video instruction to enhance your retention and motivation. You will watch live-action videos of boat and PWC operators preparing for an outing, using good judgment, and reacting to unexpected changes.

Boat New Hampshire Video Course

Want to learn about boating safety as a family? Prefer a video course with a mail-in test? You can order the official Boat New Hampshire video home-study course on boat and PWC safety.

Boating Basics Instruction

The Boat New Hampshire Course features easy-to-understand boating safety instructions and hundreds of detailed illustrations to help you improve your boating skills and become a better, more prepared skipper.

This online boating safety course is based on Boat New Hampshire - A Course on Responsible Boating, which was developed and printed by Boat Ed specifically for use with the Boat New Hampshire Course.

Boat Ed is the only boating safety education course and exam provider that develops print materials on behalf of state government boating and boater safety agencies.

  • New Hampshire Specific Safety Topics This boater safety course is based on the Boat New Hampshire - A Course on Responsible Boating manual.
  • Boating safety education has proven to be successful in reducing boating accidents, injuries, and conflicts among boaters Boat Ed is the only boating safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Comprehensive Boater Education Content

This New Hampshire boater education course covers a range of topics—from safety instructions to boat handling to reading the weather—and prepares you for a variety of situations you could find yourself in while on the water.

Boaters can keep themselves and their passengers safe by learning about responsible boat operation, etiquette, and the rules of the water.

Because educated boaters are safer boaters, completing this New Hampshire-approved online course may also earn you a discount on your boat and PWC insurance.

  • Figure from Unit 4 - Preparing Your Anchor Learn the rules of the water to have a safe and enjoyable day boating in New Hampshire.
  • Figure from Unit 3 - Penalties for Operating Under the Influence
    Free boat safety exam training material recognized by New Hampshire Marine Patrol.

Interactive Animations

Learning in this New Hampshire boater safety course is reinforced by the use of interactive animations that help students understand safe boating skills such as understanding traffic laws on the water, dealing with emergencies, and more.

Interactive Animation Preview Video (00:45s)

It’s Official and Approved!

This online boater education course is approved by the New Hampshire Marine Patrol and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as an approved online boating license course.

It’s the Law!

New Hampshire law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the New Hampshire boating laws and guidelines in this course.

It’s Fast and Easy!

With this boater course, you can complete the online course state education requirement at your own pace on a desktop computer or on any mobile smartphone or tablet.

It’s Made in the USA!

This New Hampshire boat license safety course is proudly made in Dallas, Texas, USA, and our servers and data storage facilities are located within the USA.

How do I get my state boating license?

You may have heard that you need the New Hampshire Boat License to operate your boat, but what you really need is the New Hampshire Safe Boater Education Certificate. You can get the New Hampshire Safe Boater Education Certificate by taking this Boat License Safety course at Find out if you need the card.

Did you lose your card? Replace it here.

Got the Card? Get the Handbook

The Boater's Guide of New Hampshire - A Handbook of Boating Laws and Responsibilities, developed for New Hampshire Marine Patrol and available online only at

For New and Experienced New Hampshire Boaters

Approved by:

New Hampshire Marine Patrol
31 Dock Road
Gilford, NH 03249