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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.

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. For more information on the boating laws in Minnesota, click State Requirements above.

The BoatUS Foundation's Minnesota Boating course consists of 6 lessons and a Final Exam. Each lesson has a 10-question quiz at the end to test your knowledge. The Final exam is 75 questions and you must pass with with a score of 80% or better.

To get your Boating Safety Certificate, follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. Click Start Here above to view a short video on using our online course
  2. Create an account and enroll yourself in the Minnesota Boating Safety Course from the Course Catalog
  3. Pass the course and print out your certificate of completion yourself for free - it's absolutely free to take the course and print your certificate.

*This certificate of completion is not NASBLA nor state approved and will not entitle 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 to operate on the waters of Minnesota.


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