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The BoatUS Foundation's Online Course is the only FREE Online Boating Safety Course approved by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to satisfy the mandatory education requirements for boaters and PWC operators born on or after 7/1/1972.

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


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Education Requirements:


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Age Requirements:

Maryland’s Boating Safety Education Law is designed to assure that the younger generations of boaters have fundamental knowledge of boating rules and safety and, eventually, all boaters will be operating their boats with a basic level of boating education. The Maryland Boating Safety Education Law requires that any person born on, or after July 1, 1972, must have in their possession a certificate of boating safety education while operating a numbered or documented vessel on Maryland waters.


Course Information:

An official Maryland boating safety education certificate may be obtained by completing an approved boating safety course or passing an equivalent exam. The Natural Resources Police, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the BoatUS Foundation and U.S. Power Squadrons all offer an approved course.

All certificates must be obtained by taking an approved course and exam. The BoatU.S. online course does meet this requirement, and is recognized by the Maryland DNR as proof of education.

A certificate of boating safety education is not required if:

  • A person 16 years of age or older is a resident of another state, visiting Maryland for 60 days or less, in a vessel numbered in another state
  • A person is visiting the State for 90 days or less in a vessel from a foreign country
  • A person is operating a vessel on a body of water located on private property
  • A vessel is operated for commercial purposes

A boating safety education certificate issued by another state is valid in Maryland as long as it meets the criteria of the National Association of the Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). The certificate of Boating Safety Education issued by the Maryland DNR is valid for a lifetime and may not be revoked.

Visit dnr.maryland.gov/boating for more information


How Do I Get My Maryland Certificate?


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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 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at 225-765-2989.

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($5) or plastic card($10) 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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Many marine insurance providers offer discounts with proof of course completion, including BoatUS Marine Insurance.

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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  • 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
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    Lindsay
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