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The BoatUS Foundation's Online Course is NOT Approved by the Massachusetts Environmental Police to satisfy the mandatory education requirements for boaters under 16 years of age or PWC operators under 18 years of age.


The courses below can be used as a refresher or study guide for an in person class or proctored exam. They can also qualify you for a premium discount on your BoatUS insurance policy.


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

For a brief tutorial on getting started in the new system or to contact us, click here.


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Education Requirements:


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Age Requirements:

Students under 18 will not be awarded a certificate of completion upon successful completion of this course. Massachusetts boaters under 16 years of age or PWC operators under 18 years of age must complete a course approved by the Massachusetts Environmental Police in order to operate on the waters of the state of Massachusetts.

Persons under the age of 12 may operate a motorboat on Massachusetts' waters only if accompanied on board and directly supervised by a competent person 18 years of age or older.

Persons 16 years of age and older may operate a motorboat on Massachusetts' waters without restrictions.

Massachusetts law requires that youth aged 12 through 15, who wish to operate a motorboat of any horsepower without adult supervision, or youth 16 and 17 years of age who wish to operated a PWC, must take an approved classroom-based course approved by Massachusetts Environmental Police. If you have any questions, call MEP Headquarters at (800) 632-8075.


Personal Watercraft (PWC) Operation:

Under no circumstance may a person under 16 operate a PWC on Massachusetts waters.

Massachusetts law requires youth 16 and 17 years of age who wish to operate a PWC to pass a state and National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved boating course. Upon successful completion, they will be issued a Safety Certificate which they are required to have in their possession when operating.

Persons 18 years of age and older may operate a PWC on Massachusetts water without restrictions.

Anyone may take the BoatU.S. Foundation's Free Online Boating Safety course as practice or to receive a potential discount on boat/PWC marine insurance.


How Do I Get My Florida Card?


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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.


If Your Card Has Been Lost or Damaged:


If you need to order a replacement card, contact the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission at 850-488-5600.

Or visit their website at myfwc.com →

If you need another copy of your paper certificate, just login to your account and reprint your certificate from the link under the calendar on the My Account screen

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If you took the course before August 1, 2010, to re-print your certificate at any time, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the course you originally took below. (If you cannot remember which course you took please call us at 800-245-2628)
  2. Enter you email address and first name (make sure you enter the email you used when you registered with the course originally).
  3. Click Get Previous Certificate and follow the prompts

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Below are some common questions asked about our FREE boating safety course.


  • 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 do I print my certificate?
    Print your certificate of completion from your My Account screen.

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    Print your certificate of completion from your My Account screen.

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    Instructions for Users With 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 print yourself from your My Account screen. It will appear on the left under the calendar as shown in the image (Figure A) above.
    2. Click on your state name to bring up your printing options (Figure B). To print a paper copy of your certificate click "Print Certificate".
    3. After you choose "Print Certificate", a separate window will pop-up and you may briefly see the certificate before it moves off screen and your print dialog appears. Then select your printer from the list and click OK. Do not assume that your certificate won't print just because you can't see it.
  • How long is my certificate valid?

    Your boating safety certificate will never expire. It is valid for life.

  • I took the course a while ago, how do I re-print my certificate?

    If you took the course prior to August 1, 2010, to re-print your certificate at any time, follow these steps:

    1. Click on the course you originally took below. (If you cannot remember which course you took please call us at 800-245-2628)
    2. Enter you email address and first name (make sure you enter the email you used when you registered with the course originally).
    3. Click Get Previous Certificate and follow the prompts

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    If you took the course after August 1, 2010, to re-print your certificate at any time, follow these steps:

    1. Return to the BoatUS Foundation ELearning Center at https://elearning.boatus.org/.
    2. Enter you username and password. Once you have logged in your certificate will be located in your My Account on the left side underneath the calendar.
    3. Click on your states name and select a print option.

To view the complete list of questions visit:
www.boatus.org/courses/faq/

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Need Help? Contact us!


Most Questions Can Be Answered Through Our FAQs Page.


Call or Email the BoatUS Foundation about our boating safety course or about course questions.

Feel free to call or email if you ever need help while you are taking the course.


Send an email to SmartBoating@BoatUS.com
Or call us Toll Free at 1-800-245-2628
Mon - Fri: 9AM - 5PM Eastern Time

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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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