The BoatUS Foundation's Online Course is the only FREE Online Boating Safety Course approved by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

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Recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard, approved by NASBLA and your state boating agency.

How To Get Started:

First, Click Education Requirements above to verify state requirements and then click Certificate/Card Info to learn what options are available for your state.

For a brief tutorial and getting familiar with our new system click here.

Education Requirements:

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Age Requirements:

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources recommends all boaters, regardless of age, take a boating safety class. Although Indiana does not have specific education requirements for adults, the State does have certain age restrictions for vessel and PWC operation.

All motorboat and PWC operators must have a valid driver's license to operate on all Indiana public waters.

Motorboat and PWC operators who are 15 years of age may operate said craft until they become a licensed driver only if they have successfully completed an IN DNR approved boater safety education program, are issued an Indiana ID card by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and have proof of completion in their possession during operation.

A person who has never been licensed by the BMV must also complete an INDNR approved boater safety education program and have on board an ID card issued by the BMV.

No one under 15 years of age may legally operate a motorboat greater than 10 horsepower or a PWC.

Residents of Indiana must have a valid driver's license when operating on Indiana boundary waters. Non-residents do not need a driver's license unless operating in an embayment, river or stream in Indiana.

How Do I Get My Indiana Certificate?

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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 Indiana Department of Natural Resources approved, waterproof plastic card for $15. Please allow 2-3 weeks for your card to arrive.

Complete the Course in Three Easy Steps:

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Enroll yourself in a Boating Safety Course from the Course Catalog

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Study and pass the FREE Boating Safety Course.

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Print out your certificate of completion yourself for free

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Course Information:

4 - 8 Hours

Estimated Course Time

6 Lessons

Each Contains a 10 Question Quiz

Final Exam

60 Questions Pulled Randomly

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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.

  • Thank you so much! This was a great course and I learned so much. Hope you have a great weekend!

  • 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!