Official South Dakota Boating Safety Course

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

South Dakota Boating safety education card Lifetime Card

Do you need South Dakota Boating education?

South Dakota does not require boating education. You can take this course to save on insurance or to boat in states that require a card.

Get Boating certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study and pass the $19.50 online course.

  2. Print your online course completion document.

  3. 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.

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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 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.

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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South Dakota Approved

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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 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A., and our servers and data storage facilities are located within the U.S.A.

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 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 South Dakota Boating students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions