The BoatUS Foundation's Online Course is the only free Online Boating Safety Course approved by the Hawaii Division of Boating and Recreation for recreational vessel operation, exclusive of Thrill Craft (see below).
COMING SOON: Mandatory education for all operators of motorized vessels! Effective 11/10/2014, any person operating a power driven vessel on the waters of the State will be required to possess a certificate of completion from a NASBLA approved course on the safe use and operation of a power driven vessel that contains a component on Hawaii waters approved by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. This requirement applies to all vessels with motors greater than 10HP. Certain exemptions apply. For details visit http://www.dlnr.hawaii.gov/dobor/.
SPECIAL NOTE: Regarding Thrill Craft - Effective January 2005, all recreational thrill craft operators (including PWC operators) shall be required to possess and make available upon demand of enforcement personnel, a certificate of completion from an accredited institution of higher education on the safe use and operation of a thrill craft. The BoatU.S. Online safety course does not meet this requirement for thrill craft operators. Only courses for thrill craft operators offered through the University of Hawaii Community College system are approved for Thrill Craft and PWC operators.
AT THIS TIME: Hawaii does not have any other operator restrictions for recreational watercraft, but this will change 11/10/14 (see above). However, a good rule of thumb is to always go boating with a buddy. And, if you are under the age of 16, a competent adult should be present that can take immediate control in the event of an emergency.
To get your Hawaii Boating Safety Certificate, follow these 3 simple steps: