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For 14 and 15 year old boaters and PWC operators, the BoatUS Foundation's Online Course is NOT approved by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to satisfy the mandatory education requirements. However, Colorado Parks and Wildlife does approve this course for other operators.Register Today
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For 14 and 15 year old boaters and PWC operators, the BoatUS Foundation's Online Course is NOT approved by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to satisfy the mandatory education requirements. However, Colorado Parks and Wildlife does approve this course for other operators.
Boating education is mandatory for operators under 16 years of age (persons over the age of 16 may boat without restrictions). A person who is 14 or 15 years of age must take a boating safety course approved by the Colorado State Parks and must keep proof of course completion with them at all times while operating a motorboat or PWC.
Persons under the age of 14 may not operate motorboats or PWCs at all.
The BoatU.S. Online Safety Course does not authorize 14 and 15 year olds to operate motorboats or PWCs.
Anyone may take the BoatU.S. Foundation's Free Online Boating Safety course as practice or to receive a potential discount on boat or PWC marine insurance. Colorado boaters who are 14 or 15 years old must complete a proctored course approved by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in order to operate on the waters of the state of Colorado.
How Do I Get My Colorado Certificate?
After you complete the course you will be issued a paper copy of your Certificate of Completion. This certificate can be used immediatly after you complete the course.
4 - 8 Hours
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Each Contains a 10 Question Quiz
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