Made in the USA Boater Safety Education Course

Take an American‐made and state‐approved online course and complete your state’s classroom requirement in a few hours.

Continental USA, US Coast Guard, and NASBLA logos Developed specifically for your state’s boating agency

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All boat license safety courses are proudly made in Dallas, Texas, USA. If a boating course doesn’t say “Made in the USA,” it probably isn’t.

Meeting Your State’s Boating Education Requirement Is Easy

  1. Choose Your State

    Choose your state and register for free. Boat Ed is the only boater safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and we’ve worked with state boating safety agencies in 42 states to develop approved and recognized online boating safety courses.

  2. Take the Online Course

    Complete the online course on your smartphone, tablet, or destop computer. It works on device! And we’ve made the official state curriculum fun and easy. Learn at your own pace with engaging and interactive animations and videos. Learning boating safety has never been so easy!

  3. Get on the Water!

    After you pass the online course, for most states you’ll just print out your temporary certificate and get right on the water. Then we’ll send your results to the state and get your permanent certificate on its way to you.

    Ready? Find Your State’s Course

Official Boater Safety Education Course

Developed Specifically for Boaters in Your State

A Comprehensive Course

Our boating courses are designed to assist you in achieving two primary objectives: (1) to help you get your state boater education certification and (2) to help you become a better informed and safer operator.

All state courses include easy to understand boaters safety instructions and 100s of specific illustrations to help you become a better, safer, and more prepared skipper.

  • State Specific Safety Topics

    This is the same course that is used by over 70% of U.S. boaters earning boater education certification.

  • Boating safety education has proven to be successful in reducing boating accidents, injuries, and conflicts among boaters

    Boat Ed is the only boaters safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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Watch and Learn

Because some concepts are easier to understand by watching, our state boating courses feature a lot of live-action video of boat and PWC operators, preparing and using good judgment when planning an outing or reacting to unexpected changes.

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    "Casting Off" – Sample course instructional video

  • Video of Capsizing, Swamping, or Falling Overboard topics

    "Capsizing, Swamping, or Falling Overboard" – Sample course instructional video

Interactive Simulations

To give you a chance to demonstrate how well you understand, these online courses use interactive animations to teach safe boating skills such as casting off and docking, understanding traffic laws on the water, dealing with emergencies, and more.

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    "Tying Knots" – Sample instructional simulation

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    "Personal Watercraft Overtaking" – Sample instructional simulation

How the Typical State Boating Course Works

Learning: Boating Safety

To help you become a better informed and safer operator, each course is broken down into 6 easy-to-understand units that you can complete at your own pace:

  • Unit 1 – Before Getting Underway
  • Unit 2 – Getting Out on the Water
  • Unit 3 – Navigation and Safe Operation
  • Unit 4 – Legal Requirements of Boating
  • Unit 5 – Boating Emergencies
  • Unit 6 – Enjoying Water Sports

Assessment: Unit Quizzes

As you go through the course, you’ll take a quiz at the end of each unit to determine how well you’re understanding the boater safety topics.

Each unit quiz requires a passing score determined by your state before you’re allowed on to the next unit.

If you don’t pass a unit quiz, don’t worry. You’ll just go back and study the unit and then try the quiz again.

Mastery: Course Completion

When you complete all units, you’ll then move on to the final steps in the certification process as mandated by your state. In most cases this is in the form for a final exam covering all the course material.

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    Comprehensive content includes boat ramp etiquette

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    Familiarize yourself with important safety procedures

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    For all types of boaters

It’s easy to get started! Choose your state and study for free.

Authorized & Approved!

Take this online boater education course that’s approved by the your state and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as an accepted boat license course.

It’s the Law!

Make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with your state’s law enforcement officers by following the boating laws and guidelines in your state’s online boating course.

It’s Fast & Easy!

Take this boater course and complete your classroom requirement for your boater education certificate in a few hours at your own pace on a desktop computer or on any mobile smartphone or tablet.

It’s Made in the USA!

Not all boating license courses are made in the USA like this boat license safety course is. The foreign–made courses do not store your student data in the USA either.