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The BoatUS Foundation's Online Course is the only FREE Online Boating Safety Course approved by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for boaters born before 1/1/1989.

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Recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard, approved by NASBLA and your state boating license agency for boaters born before 1/1/1989.

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The BoatUS Foundation's Online Course is NOT Approved to meet the mandatory education requirements for Tennessee boaters born after 1/1/1989.


However, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency recommends taking this course in order to prepare for obtaining the official TWRA Boating Safety Education Certificate. Please use this as a study guide to prepare for your proctored exam.


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Education Requirements:


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Age Requirements:

Boat operators born after January 1, 1989 must successfully complete a boater education course approved by the TWRA. After completion of an approved course and passing the final exam in a proctored testing center, a card will be issued as proof of completion. The boating safety education certificate issued by the TWRA is the ONLY card recognized and accepted as meeting the requirements of the law for Tennessee residents. This card must be in the possession of operators born after January 1, 1989 and available to show law enforcement personnel.

Any non-resident boater operating a boat in Tennessee who falls within this age requirement must show proof of successful passage of a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved boater education course.

The BoatU.S. Online Boating Safety Course does NOT meet the education requirements for Tennessee. For an approved course, visit www.tn.gov/twra/.

Persons under 12 years of age may not operate a powered vessel or PWC unless an adult is on board that can take immediate control.

An exception is made if the boat is powered by an outboard motor of 8.5 horsepower (hp) or less.

A further exception is made for unaccompanied operators between the ages of 10 and 12 if the boat is over 14 feet long, powered by an outboard motor of less than 15 hp and the person has successfully completed boating education course approved by the TWRA.

When loaning your motorboat or PWC, be certain that they have met the minimum age and education requirements and understand all applicable Tennessee laws.

Under no circumstances can PWCs be rented to anyone younger than 16 years of age.


Other Information:

To get your official TWRA Boating Safety Education Certificate, follow these simple steps:

  1. Take the course and pass the Final Exam - it's absolutely free to take the course and exam
  2. Purchase a Type 600 Boat Safety Exam Permit for $10 from any business that sells hunting and fishing licenses and hold on to your receipt which is your 'ticket' to take the exam at an official proctored exam location
  3. Visit www.tn.gov/twra/ to find a location near you and get more information on signing up for the exam
  4. Take and pass the exam at the testing location nearest you and your official, wallet-sized card will be mailed to you

How Do I Get My Tennessee Certificate?


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To get the official, wallet-sized TWRA Boating Safety Eduation Certificate you must take a proctored exam at any official exam location. For information on enrollment visit www.tn.gov/twra/.

To get your official TWRA Boating Safety Education Certificate, follow these simple steps:

  1. Take the course and pass the Final Exam - it's absolutely free to take the course and exam
  2. Purchase a Type 600 Boat Safety Exam Permit for $10 from any business that sells hunting and fishing licenses and hold on to your receipt which is your 'ticket' to take the exam at an official proctored exam location
  3. Visit www.tn.gov/twra/ to find a location near you and get more information on signing up for the exam
  4. Take and pass the exam at the testing location nearest you and your official, wallet-sized card will be mailed to you

Frequently Asked Questions:

Below are some common questions asked about our FREE boating safety course.


  • How much does the course cost?

    The BoatU.S. Foundation is a free NASBLA approved course. When you finish, you can print your certificate on your own printer or order a printed paper certificate($5) or plastic card($10) for a fee. Some states will charge additional fees to issue you a permanent state ID verifying completion of a boating safety course. Be sure to read your state's Mandatory Eduation Requirements for more information.

  • How do I print my certificate?
    Print your certificate of completion from your My Account screen.

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    Print your certificate of completion from your My Account screen.

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    Instructions for Users With a Printer:

    1. Once you have completed all included lessons for a course you will be awarded a certificate of completion (if applicable) which you can print yourself from your My Account screen. It will appear on the left under the calendar as shown in the image (Figure A) above.
    2. Click on your state name to bring up your printing options (Figure B). To print a paper copy of your certificate click "Print Certificate".
    3. After you choose "Print Certificate", a separate window will pop-up and you may briefly see the certificate before it moves off screen and your print dialog appears. Then select your printer from the list and click OK. Do not assume that your certificate won't print just because you can't see it.
  • How long is my certificate valid?

    Your boating safety certificate will never expire. It is valid for life.

  • I took the course a while ago, how do I re-print my certificate?

    If you took the course prior to August 1, 2010, to re-print your certificate at any time, follow these steps:

    1. Click on the course you originally took below. (If you cannot remember which course you took please call us at 800-245-2628)
    2. Enter you email address and first name (make sure you enter the email you used when you registered with the course originally).
    3. Click Get Previous Certificate and follow the prompts

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    If you took the course after August 1, 2010, to re-print your certificate at any time, follow these steps:

    1. Return to the BoatUS Foundation ELearning Center at https://elearning.boatus.org/.
    2. Enter you username and password. Once you have logged in your certificate will be located in your My Account on the left side underneath the calendar.
    3. Click on your states name and select a print option.

To view the complete list of questions visit:
www.boatus.org/courses/faq/

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Most Questions Can Be Answered Through Our FAQs Page.


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Send an email to SmartBoating@BoatUS.com
Or call us Toll Free at 1-800-245-2628
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Course Information:


4 - 8 Hours

Estimated Course Time

6 Lessons

Each Contains a 10 Question Quiz

Final Exam

75 Questions Pulled Randomly

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