Official Texas Boating Safety Course

Take this Texas–approved course to complete your online Boating safety education.

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Get Boating certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study and pass the $20.00 course.

  2. Print your online course completion document.

  3. Get ready to go boating!

Do you need Texas Boating education?

You need education if you were born on or after Sept. 1, 1993, and will be operating a boat over 15 hp, a PWC, or a sailboat over 14 feet long in Texas.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Requirements

You must be at least 13 years old to take this online course.

You do not have to be a resident of Texas 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.


Watch this 54-second sample to see how we put you in the driver’s seat.

Made by Boaters, for Boaters

Boat Ed has a TrustPilot rating of 9.1 out of 10 based on 213 ratings and reviews.

Comprehensive Instruction in Texas Boating Safety Education

This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Boating safety education established by Texas. Boat Ed is the only safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of government agencies responsible for Boating laws and regulations.

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State-Approved Content

As a course provider approved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Boat Texas covers everything a new boater may need to know in order to be safe in Texas while boating.

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Learn Your Way on Any Device

Boat Ed offers the only online Boating education 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.

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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.

Texas Boating License FAQs

The boater education certificate in Texas is often called a “boating license.” While the certificate is often called a Texas boating license, the certification does not expire and does not need to be renewed.

Do you need a boating license to drive a boat?

Texas boating laws require all boat operators born on or after Sept. 1, 1993, to get certified by completing a boater safety course. This certification is sometimes called the “Texas boating license.”

How old do you have to be to get a boating license in Texas?

You must be at least 13 years of age to take a boater safety course in the state of Texas.

How long does it take to get a boat license?

It is easy to get a boat license in Texas! Simply complete an approved boater education course. Boat Ed allows you to study online at your own pace, for a minimum of 3 hours. An in-person classroom course typically takes about 8 hours.

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Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Texas Boating students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions