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Choose when and where to take your course.In our new online learning system, take it on any device with an internet connection and automatically have your progress saved when the window is closed. When switching devices or when going from a wifi to cellar please make sure to exit out of the course window to save progres. You must turn off your pop-up blocker in your settings menu in order to view any of the courses. Please also make sure to turn your device to landscape mode if buttons or text is missing.

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Free State Boating Safety Course Questions

  • Getting Started

  • Choosing Your Course
    Select State
    1. Choose your state from the drop down menu
    2. Then click add to cart.
  • Sign Up Options & Passwords

    You will have two different options to sign up for an account.

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    1. Log In with Google:
    
Use this to sign in with your existing Google or Gmail credentials. You must use this button each time you log in, your Google password is not stored in our system so you can't just type into the email and password fields below. If you forget your password, use the Google Forgot Password function to reset it.

    2. You can use any email and password you want to create your account. If you forget your password at any point, you can use the forget password link at the bottom of the log in screen.

    If you can't remember which method you logged in with you can view this by clicking your name and then going to My Profile in the top right hand corner.

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    logged in with google
  • Starting the Course

    1. Click the My Courses link at the top of the page. Then click the Additional Info button to fill out your state required information.

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    2. Click the Launch Course Button next to your course.

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  • Course Progress

    Viewing Progress:

    At any time you can view your course progress by opening the main menu in the top left and corner and then selecting course outline.

    1. Solid Blue Circle - Current Page
    2. Blue Check Mark - Visited Page
    3. Hollow Blue Circle - Unvisited page

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    Viewing Progress:

    At any time you can view your course progress by opening the main menu in the top left and corner and then selecting course outline.

    1. Solid Blue Circle - Current Page
    2. Blue Check Mark - Visited Page
    3. Hollow Blue Circle - Unvisited page

    Launch
  • Quizzes

    Passing a quiz:

    Checkmarks on the left navigation pane mark your progress

    You will be required to PASS all of the 6 lessons contained in the course

    If you fail a quiz, you will have to review each page of content in that lesson before the lesson will allow you to retake the quiz.

    If you fail a quiz, you will have to spend the required minimum time on each page again if you fail a quiz.

    There is no limit on the number of times you can retake a lesson quiz, you may retake a lesson as many times as you need to until you pass.

    Some states apply a maximum number of times which you can fail the Final Exam (if applicable) before the entire course will automatically reset requiring you to start over at the beginning. Be sure to read your course description and the first page of the first lesson for more details on this and other state-specific requirements.

  • Certificates
    Print your certificate of completion from your My Courses page.

    Instructions for Users:

    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 Courses screen. It will appear next to your course
    2. To pbtain a paper copy of your certificate click "Download Certificate".
  • Time Requirements

    There is a minimum time you are required to spend in the course, there is no maximum time limit. If you are in the middle of a lesson and need to leave, the system will save your place and when you come back it will open to the page you were last viewing.

  • Price

  • 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($8) or plastic card($13) 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 long will it take to receive the printed certificate/card that I ordered?

    Please allow 10-14 business days for delivery. Please make sure all information is correct before purchasing. If you have not received your certificate/card in this time frame, please check that your address is listed correctly in your account. If your information is incorrectly entered you will need to purchase an additional card.

  • State Requirements

  • Am I required to take a course?

    Choose your state boating safety course to get more information on your state's specific requirements for boaters.

  • Why am I learning about things that don't pertain to my style of boating or the waters I boat on?

    The National Association of State Boating Law Administrator (NASBLA), the organization that oversees boating courses and course content, requires a variety of topics to be covered in every boating safety course. This extra material helps to round out your experience and could be useful should you find yourself boating in a different area or on a different type of craft in the future.

  • About Certificates & Cards

  • How to get my certificate
    Print your certificate of completion from your My Courses page.

    Instructions for Users:

    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 Courses screen. It will appear next to your course
    2. To pbtain a paper copy of your certificate click "Download Certificate".
  • How long is my certificate valid?

    Your boating safety certificate will never expire. It is valid for life. In some states, they will issue a permanent education card.

  • Does my certificate allow me to operate any boat?

    Check your state requirements for specifics about requirements for PWC vs other boats. Some states require classroom courses for PWC operation but have no requirements for other boats. On the courses page choose your state under State Boating Safety Course to learn about your state's requirements. View State Requirements →

  • Will I receive a certificate of completion when I finish my course?

    Not all courses will automatically award a certificate of completion. Check the course description to find out if you are eligible to receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

  • What if I don't have a printer? How do I get my certificate?
    Print your certificate of completion from your My Courses page.

    Instructions for Users Without 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 have mailed directly to you. To access mailing options navigate to your My Courses screen.
    2. Click Purchase Certificate. After you click, your mailing options will appear. To have us mail you a paper certificate or hard card for a nominal fee of $8.00 or $13.00.
    3. Once you choose "Purchase", a separate window will pop-up and you will be asked to verify your information
    4. Please verify that your info is correct as its listed in the window. You will then be grought to your cart to checkout. Once completed, a printed paper copy of your certificate will be mailed to you. Please note it may take 10-14 days for you to recieve your certificate of completion.
  • User Information

  • I made a typo in my name when I registered, how can I fix that?

    You can change some of your personal information by clicking on your name in the top right hand corner and then selecting 'My Profile'. Note that you cannot change your first and last name or date of birth. If you need to change any of these, contact us through our comments form located at the bottom of this page.




Specialized Course Questions

  • Getting Started

  • How do I enroll in a course?
    Click the apple icon to enroll in a course
    1. Once you have submitted your registration, click Continue to go to the Course Catalog.
    2. Open the Course Catalog and select the course that you want to take.
    3. Click on the name of the course to open the Course Description page.
    4. On the Course Description page you will see a white PayPal button above the course description. Click the button to continue.
  • I have a promotion code, how do I use it?
    Click the apple icon to enroll in a course

    On the course description page click the buy now button and enter your promotion code into the box in the pop-up window.

  • How should I begin my course?

    Navigate to your My Account page:

    Click My Account to Access your courses

    All of your courses will be listed on your My Account screen which can be accessed at any time by using the green go button on the right side of your screen.


    Launching your Course:

    Launch your course by clicking the green Go button

    Easily launch your course by following these four simple steps:

    1. From your My Account page click the green GO button for the course you want to start as shown in the image above.
    2. This will take you to the Lesson Menu for that course. From here you can select the lesson you wish to launch.
    3. Click the green GO button again to open a lesson.
    4. Once you click the GO button to launch a lesson, it will open in a new window leaving the original window still open and behind it.

    Lesson Information:

    The Lesson Menu shows you which lessons you've completed and which are left.

    Lessons that display a blue GO button have already been completed. Green buttons indicate that they are incomplete.

    Also, if a lesson displays "In Progress" and a score of 0% it means that the lesson quiz is incomplete. Once the quiz is completed your actual score will be displayed.

  • How do I save the progress in my lesson?
    A lesson can be closed in 2 ways, the red X in the top right corner or the Save & Close button.

    Click Exit in the top left corner of the lesson window to close the window and save your progress.

    You can close a lesson at any time to save your progress and come back later to complete it. When you reopen a lesson you have already viewed, it will automatically open to the last page you viewed.

  • I only see "Running Courseware." What does this mean?

    While your lesson is open, the screen open behind it will say Running Courseware.

    If you see this message on screen, it means that your lesson window is still open but it may be minimized or behind this window. Don't panic, just look on the taskbar at the bottom of your screen for the second window titled BoatU.S. Foundation - Online Boating Safety Course and click on it to bring it back up.

  • Will I receive a certificate of completion when I finish the course?

    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 below.

    Print your certificate of completion from your My Account screen.
  • Time Limits

  • Is there a time limit on my course? How long do I have to complete it?

    Most courses must be completed within 60 to 90 days of enrollment. When a course expires you will no longer see it on your my account screen.

  • Technical Problems

  • Will this course run in all internet browsers?

    Yes just be sure you are in the newest version of the browser you are using. To check for updates to your browser visit http://outdatedbrowser.com/en.

  • User Information

  • I made a typo in my name when I registered, how can I fix that?

    You can change some of your personal information by clicking on 'My Profile' from your My Accounts page. If your telephone number is not entered in the correct format, it will create an error. Phone numbers should be 7 numbers only without added punctuation or dashes. For example, 4105558974. Note that you cannot change your first and last name or date of birth. If you need to change any of these, contact us through our comments form located at the bottom of this page.

  • I need to reset my password

    If you need to reset or have forgotten password click the link below.

    1. I forgot my password.