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Official Tennessee Boating Safety Course

Take this Tennessee–approved course to complete your online boating safety education. is a delegated provider for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

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Do you need Tennessee Boating education?

You need education if you were born after 1/1/1989 and will be operating a motorized vessel over 8.5 hp in Tennessee.

Get boater certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study and pass the $34.95 online course.

  2. Print your online course completion document.

  3. Get ready to go boating!

Do you need a Boating License in Tennessee?

Tennessee law requires anyone born after January 1, 1989, to pass a boater safety course and to carry a boater education card.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Requirements

If you were born on or before 1/1/1989, you are not required to have education but may still complete the online course and receive the Temporary Boater Education Certificate. Completing this Tennessee‐approved course allows you to boat on other state waters that require education and can also earn you a discount on your boat and PWC insurance.

If you were born after 1/1/1989, you must take an exam administered by a representative of Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and cannot register for this online course. To prepare for your In-Person Exam, you may use the online Study Guide.

You must have been born on or before 1/1/1989 to take this online course.

You do not have to be a resident of Tennessee 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 Tennessee Boating Safety Education

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

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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
P.O. Box 40747 Nashville, TN 37204

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 Boater Education Certificate. You can get the Boater Education Certificate by taking this boat safety course at Find out if you need the card.

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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)