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The BoatUS Foundation's Online Course is the only FREE Online Boating Safety Course approved by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to satisfy the mandatory education requirements for boaters and PWC operators born after 1/1/1984.

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


Here's how to get started or return to your course:

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

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Education Requirements:


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Age Requirements:

Persons born after January 1, 1984, may not operate a motorboat powered by a motor in excess of 10 horsepower unless he or she has successfully completed a boating safety course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). These persons must be in possession of evidence of completion of the approved course whenever operating such a vessel.

Persons less than 16 and older than 13 may not operate a personal watercraft unless he or she has successfully completed a boating safety course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). These persons must be in possession of evidence of completion of the approved course whenever operating such a vessel.

It is illegal for a person who owns or has charge of a personal watercraft to knowingly permit a person under the age of 13 years to operate the PWC. And it is illegal for a rental company to rent a personal watercraft to anyone under 13 years of age.

Visit wlf.louisiana.gov for more information.


How Do I Get My Louisiana 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. Your scores will automatically be sent to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and within one week of successfully completing the online course, you will receive an email with your permanent Louisiana Boater Education Certificate and it will be available for printing from Lousiana Wildlife & Fisheries Website

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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Testimonials


  • 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