Official Tennessee Boating Safety Course Online
Take this Tennessee–approved course to complete your online boating safety education.
unlimited exam attempts
Get Boating certified in 3 steps.
Study and pass the $29.50 online course.
Print your online course completion document.
Get ready to go boating!
Tennessee Boating Education Requirements
To operate a vessel powered by a motor of more than 8.5 horsepower:
- Anyone under the age of 12 years must be under the supervision of a person 18 years or older; and if the supervisor is born after January 1, 1989, he or she must have the Tennessee Boater Education Certificate and…
- Anyone 12 years or older must have the Tennessee Boater Education Certificate to operate the vessel independently.
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.
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 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.
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.
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
P.O. Box 40747
Nashville, TN 37204
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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 Tennessee Boater Education Certificate. You can get the Tennessee Boater Education Certificate by taking this boat safety course at boat-ed.com. Find out if you need the card.
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