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The BoatUS Foundation's Online Course is the only FREE Online Boating Safety Course approved by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

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


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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

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Education Requirements:


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Boat Requirements:

Operators Under 12:

  • May not operate any vessel over 16 feet in length.
  • May legally operate a vessel under 16 feet in length which is either non-motorized or powered by a motor of 30 horsepower or less only if they are accompanied by a competent adult.*

Operators aged 12 through 15:

  • May not legally operate any vessel 16 feet in length or longer.
  • May operate a personal watercraft or a vessel less than 16 feet long if he or she has passed a boating safety course approved by the Georgia DNR, OR accompanied by a competent adult.

Operators 16 and older:

  • May operate any boat on the waters of Georgia if they have proper identification onboard.

All operators born after January 1, 1998 must have passed a boater education course approved by the Department of Natural Resources and have a proof of completion on board to operate any vessel.

* A competent adult is defined as a person 18 years of age or older who is not under the influence of alcohol or drugs and who is carrying proper identification such as a government issued ID that contains a photo, a description of the person and date of birth.

PWC Requirements:

Operators Under 12:

  • Children under the age of 12 are legally prohibited from operating a PWC.

Operators aged 12 through 15:

  • Children that are aged 12 to 15 may legally operate a PWC if they have passed a boating safety course approved by the Georgia DNR, or are accompanied by a competent adult.

Operators 16 and older:

  • Persons 16 years of age or older may operate any PWC on the waters of Georgia if they carry aboard proper identification such as a government-issued ID containing a photo, a description of the person and date of birth.

Rental PWCs:

  • A person must be at least 16 years of age in order to rent or lease a PWC.

All operators born after January 1, 1998 must have passed a boater education course approved by the Department of Natural Resources and have a proof of completion on board to operate any vessel.


How Do I Get My Certificate?


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1. After you complete the course you will be issued a printable copy of your certificate that you can print yourself and use immediately.

2. You will also have the option of ordering a Georgia Department of Natural Resources approved, waterproof plastic card for $13. Please allow 2-3 weeks for your card to arrive.

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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*You must be registed in our new system at courses.boatus.org and not have previously registered or started at elearning.boatus.org.


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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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