Official Virginia Boating Safety Course

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

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Get Boating certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study and pass the $29.50 course.

  2. Print your online course completion document.

  3. Get ready to go boating!

Do you need Virginia Boating education?

As of July 1, 2015, all PWC operators age 14 and older and motorboat operators 50 and younger must complete a boating safety course.

Beginning July 1, 2016, all PWC operators age 14 and older and all motorboat operators regardless of age need to take a boating safety course.

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Requirements

There is no minimum age requirement to take the Boat Virginia.

You do not have to be a resident of Virginia 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

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Comprehensive Instruction in Virginia Boating Safety Education

This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Boating safety education established by Virginia. 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 Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Boat Virginia covers everything a new boater may need to know in order to be safe in Virginia 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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Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
7870 Villa Park Drive, PO Box 90778
Henrico, VA 23228

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.

Virginia Boating License FAQs

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

What is required to operate a boat in Virginia?

Virginia boating laws require all boaters and PWC (Jet Ski) operators to get certified by completing a boater safety course. This certification is sometimes called the “Virginia boating license.”

How old do you have to be to drive a boat in Virginia?

You must be at least 14 years old to operate a boat or PWC (Jet Ski) in Virginia. All motorboat or PWC operators must also obtain a boating license through an approved VA boating safety course.

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

Frequently Asked Questions