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The BoatUS Foundation's Online Course is NOT Approved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to satisfy the mandatory education requirements for boaters 12 - 17 years of age wishing to operate a boat with motor greater than 25 hp or PWC operators 13 - 17 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.


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Education Requirements:


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Age Requirements:

Anyone may take the BoatU.S. Foundation's Free Online Boating Safety course as practice or to receive a discount on boat/PWC marine insurance. But Minnesota boaters 12 - 17 years of age wishing to operate a boat with motor greater than 25 hp or PWC operators 13 - 17 years of age must complete a course approved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in order to operate on the waters of the state of Minnesota.

Minnesota suggests that all boaters take an approved boating safety course. However, there are certain age and horsepower restrictions for some motorboat operators


Motorboat Operator Age Restrictions:

For operators less than 12 years of age with boat motors:

  • 25 hp or less, there are no restrictions
  • 25 hp thru 75 hp must have someone at least 21 years of age on board within reach of the controls
  • Over 75 hp cannot operate even with an adult on board

For operators 12 - 17 years of age with boat motors

  • 25 hp or less, there are no restrictions
  • Over 25 hp must have one of the following:
    • A watercraft operator's permit, or
    • Someone at least 21 years of age on board within reach of the controls

Youth aged 12-17 visiting Minnesota may operate a motorboat if they already possess a valid operator's certificate issued by their home state. A watercraft operator's permit may be obtained by successfully completing the MN DNR's home study course. Contact them for more information by emailing info@dnr.state.mn.us.


PWC Operator Age Restrictions (Regardless of HP):

Operators less than 13 years of age cannot operate, even with an adult on board.

Operators 13 years of age must either have someone at least 21 years of age on board, or possess a watercraft operator's permit and be in visual supervision by someone at least 21

Operators 14-17 years of age must either have a watercraft operators permit, or have someone at least 21 on board.

Persons under 18 wishing to rent a PWC must show their watercraft operator's permit.

The BoatUS Foundation Online Course does not fulfill the course requirements for the Minnesota Youth Watercraft Operators Permit. Please contact the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (651) 296-6157 for more information.


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.


But What About the Card?

Your permanent Boater Education ID Card will be mailed to you by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission within 3-4 weeks.

Records are sent to the state automatically every day. Make sure that you type your name as you want it to show on your certificate along with a correct mailing address so you will receive your card in a timely fashion.

If you do not receive your card after 4 weeks, contact the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission at 850-488-5600.


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

620 S. Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600

Learn More at Ask FWC →


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($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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