Official South Dakota Boating Safety Course Online
Take this South Dakota–approved course to complete your online boating safety education.
unlimited exam attempts
Get boater certified in 3 steps.
Study and pass the $19.50 online course.
Print your online course completion document.
Get ready to go boating!
South Dakota Boating Education Requirements
Anyone under the age of 12 years may operate a vessel powered by a motor of more than 6 horsepower only if accompanied by a person 18 years or older. Anyone under the age of 14 years may operate a personal watercraft only if accompanied by a person 18 years or older.
South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks Requirements
There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.
You do not have to be a resident of South Dakota 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.
Comprehensive Instruction in South Dakota Boating Safety Education
This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Boating safety education established by South Dakota. 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.
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.
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.
South Dakota Approved
South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks
523 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
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 South Dakota Boater Education Certificate. You can get the South Dakota Boater Education Certificate by taking this boat safety course at boat-ed.com. Find out if you need the card.
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Need help? Here are the answers to the questions South Dakota Boating students most frequently ask.South Dakota Frequently Asked Questions