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Official Paddlesports Safety Course

Take this American Canoe Association (ACA)–approved course to complete your online paddlesports safety education.

Get boater certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study and pass the $29.50 course

  2. Print your online course completion document.

  3. Get ready to go paddling!

Do you need Paddlesports education?

Although paddlesports education is not required, all participants are responsible for learning their state laws and regulations to stay safe on the water.

American Canoe Association (ACA) Requirements

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

There is no residential requirement to take the ACA Online Paddlesports Course.

A NASBLA-sanctioned course

Developed in partnership with the American Canoe Association

What to Expect From Boat Ed

Comprehensive Instruction in Paddlesports Safety Education

This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Paddlesports safety education established by American Canoe Association (ACA). Boat Ed is the only safety course provider that develops print materials that cover Paddlesports safety best practices and regulations.

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American Canoe Association (ACA)–Approved Content

As a course provider approved by American Canoe Association (ACA), the ACA Online Paddlesports Course covers everything a new paddlesports enthusiast may need to know in order to be safe while using a paddlecraft.

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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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American Canoe Association (ACA) Course
NASBLA-sanctioned paddlesports course

The ACA Online Paddlesports Course was created in partnership with the American Canoe Association.

After completing the course, continue your paddlesports education with in-person classes.
Find one near you on the American Canoe Association website.

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.

9:00 a.m. to midnight EST, seven days a week.

Get help seven days a week from professionals like Katy, Heidi, Josh, Misty, Liz, Allen, and Thomas.

1-800-830-2268 toll-free



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Made in the U.S.A.

This safety course is proudly made to serve students, agencies, and organizations worldwide.