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Boating Accidents in the USA
Why is boating safety important?
No matter how much experience you have, it is important to know boater safety, etiquette and the rules of the water. BoatTests101.com is an accredited provider of boater education in the United States by NASBLA, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. Our goal is accredit and develop educated boaters to improve boater safety for all.
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30 sections to prepare for the test
Is it called a boating license, boater education card or boater education certificate?
In the US, while it is often called a boating license, the correct terminology is “boater education certificate”. The boating education certificate is the boating education card, and is thus interchangeable. This boater education certificate or boater education card is proof that you have successfully passed an accredited boater safety course and can operate a boat in the respective state or territory waterways. In Canada, the boater education card is called the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC).
Who is required to have a boater education certificate or boater education card?
Boater education certificates or boater education cards are mandatory in 45+ US states and every province in Canada, with an increasing trend towards making it mandatory over the last decade. A person can receive their boater education certificate by taking an accredited boater safety course.
Is there a penalty for operating a boat without a boater education certificate or boater education card in states, provinces or territories where it is mandatory?
Yes, there are penalties for operating without a boater education certificate or boater education card in every state, province and territory where it is mandatory. Penalties increase significantly with repeated convictions. Avoid all of this by taking a boater safety course for your own safety, the safety of passengers, and the safety of others.
What is an accredited boater safety course?
An accredited boater safety course is an educational program designed to help a person operate a recreational boat safely. The online course consists of chapters, chapter quizzes and an exam at the end of the course. The administration of boating courses is the responsibility of US state governments and the Canadian government. In the US, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) was formed, of which all courses must be approved and accredited by, along with approval by each respective US state. In Canada, all courses must be approved by Transport Canada.
Boater safety courses save lives!
The core mission behind every accredited boater education course is to improve boater safety and save lives. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) was specifically formed to develop public policy for recreational boating safety, and represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the US territories. In Canada, this same function is fulfilled by Transport Canada. BoatTests101 US online boater safety courses are approved by NASBLA, are recognized by US Coast Guard, and approved by respective states in which we operate. Boater safety is a concern for everyone on the water. We strive to improve boater safety. Join us to learn about responsible boating operations, boater etiquette and the rules of the water.
Boating Safety Tips
- Take a boater safety course to get your Boater Education Certificate or Boater Education Card in the United States and the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) in Canada
- Consider a free vessel safety check. This is provided for free in the US by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and US Power Squadrons and in Canada by the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron (CPS-ECP) in partnership with The Office of Boating Safety
- Use common sense
- Wear a proper life jacket
- Learn to swim
- Check the weather beforehand
- Do not mix alcohol or drugs with boating
- Do not overload the boat with passengers or equipment
- Follow proper anchoring techniques
- Follow proper docking techniques
BoatTests101.com is a leading provider of boater education and safety across the United States. We provide official, government-approved boating courses and exams to obtain your boating license. All courses are approved by NASBLA, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the respective state or provincial body.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is BoatTests101.com?
BoatTests101.com is the official provider of boat license education courses in the United States, approved by NASBLA, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. We strive to provide quality course content aimed at helping you prepare for your boating exam. Learn with us, take the exam with us, and start boating!
Is BoatTests101.com a recognized boating safety organization?
Yes we are! All BoatTests101.com course materials, questions, and exams have been officially approved by NASBLA, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the respective state or provincial body.
What will I learn in the Course?
BoatTests101.com offers all the educational information needed to help you to obtain your boating license and more importantly, to practice safe boating. Key topics include:
- Boating rules and regulations
- Safe operation of your boat and ensuring passenger safety
- Boat terms and how to properly equip your boat
- Identifying and understanding navigational signs and symbols
- Emergency response
If I pass the boat test through the website, do I get my official boating license for my state or province?
Yes! We are an accredited boating license provider. When you pass our course and final exam, upon payment, you will immediately receive a temporary license. Within a few weeks, you will receive your official boating license in the mail.
How many times can I take the exam?
You may take the exam as many times as needed in order to pass. However, we encourage proper study habits, including re-visiting the course materials if you do not pass the first time. We want you to pass, and be able to practice safe boating!
How much is the BoatTests101.com Online Exam?
BoatTests101.com charges a standard fee for the exam, as outlined in each state and provincial page of the website. The cost includes a temporary license that can be printed immediately after you pass your exam. It also includes your permanent boating license that will arrive in the mail within a few weeks.
After passing the course and exam, how do I get a temporary license before I get the official boating license card in the mail?
After you pass the course and exam, you can print your temporary license card. Use the temporary license card until you receive your permanent card in the mail in a few weeks.