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We launched a completely new platform for our free online course on 11/18/2020!
Our old course system Is officially retired but if you need to access your certificate of completion, you can request a copy through this form
For a brief tutorial on getting started in the new system or to contact us, click here.
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Enroll yourself in a Boating Safety Course from the Course Catalog
Study and pass the FREE Boating Safety Course.
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Idaho has no mandatory state-wide education requirement, certain counties such as Benewah, Bonner and Kootenai, have age restrictions for minimum operator age. Please check with the counties and cities in which you plan to boat and familiarize yourself with local requirements.
The Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation recommends taking a boating safety class such as those offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary or US Power Squadrons. Additionally, internet courses, such as the BoatU.S. Online Boating Safety Course, are also a good way to learn how to make boating safe and enjoyable for everyone.
How Do I Get My Idaho Certificate?
1. After you complete the course you will be issued a printable copy of your certificate that you can print yourself and use immediately.
2. You will also have the option of ordering a Idaho State Parks and Recreation approved, waterproof plastic card for $13. Please allow 2-3 weeks for your card to arrive.
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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.*
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Great course, and so much more convenient than going at night for several nights... Keep up the great work, and see you on the water.Gene
Thank you so much! This was a great course and I learned so much. Hope you have a great weekend!Lindsay
Thank you. The information that you gave me allowed me to complete the course. Your assistance was very much appreciated.D. White
Thank you so much! You folks are so kind. Good luck with the updates and have safe boating fun this summer!Brennan
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