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South Carolina

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

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

How To Get Started:

First, Click Education Requirements above to verify state requirements and then click Certificate/Card Info to learn what options are available for your state.

For a brief tutorial and getting familiar with our new system click here.

Education Requirements:

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Age Requirements:

In South Carolina, every person under the age of 16 must complete a boating course approved by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in order to operate a motorboat or PWC with a 15 horsepower motor or greater.

Boaters 16 years of age and older may operate any recreational boat or PWC without restrictions but are encouraged to take a boating course as well.

The only exception for those under the age of 15 who have not completed an approved boating safety course is when they accompanied by an adult not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Specifically, parents/guardians are responsible for the actions of persons under their care and supervision, and must not allow a child to illegally operate a boat or PWC.

How Do I Get My 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.

Complete the Course in Three Easy Steps:

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Enroll yourself in a Boating Safety Course from the Course Catalog

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Study and pass the FREE Boating Safety Course.

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Print out your certificate of completion yourself for free

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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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Complete the Course at Your Own Pace

Choose when and where to take your course.
In our new online learning system, take it on any device with an internet connection and automatically have your progress saved when the window is closed.*

*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.

  • Thank you so much! This was a great course and I learned so much. Hope you have a great weekend!

  • Thank you. The information that you gave me allowed me to complete the course. Your assistance was very much appreciated.

    D. White
  • Thank you so much! You folks are so kind. Good luck with the updates and have safe boating fun this summer!