Maine Boat Course

All boat operators 16 and 17 years of age must take and approve a safety education course before being able to operate a personal watercraft (PWC) without supervision. 

Approved by Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

The Maine Boater Education Card is NSBLA approved and is accepted by the state of Maine as valid proof to safely operate a personal watercraft (PWC) in the state waterways. 

Three steps to become a Licensed Boater


Complete Course

State-accredited online course for all ages


Pass The Online Exam

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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the minimum age to take this course?

How long will it take to complete the Maine boater education course?

Do I have to complete the course in one sitting?

Do I need to be a resident of Maine to take this course?

I failed a chapter quiz. Did I fail the Maine boater education course?

What score do I need to pass chapter quizzes?

What score do I need to pass the final online exam?

Do you have practice questions before taking the official exam?

Is it an open book exam?

Do I have take the course before I write the exam?

Do you have a soft copy of the materials so I can review it offline?

Is there a practical exam before I can start driving a boat or I just need the boater's education card?

Does passing the boater education course give me a foundation to take other boating courses?


How do I get my temporary certificate of completion?

What is the proof of online course completion?

How long is the validity of my Maine boater education card?

Will boaters who have previously taken a boating safety course be required to take another course or test?

Will I ever have to renew my Maine education card?

Does my temporary certificate allow me to operate any boat?

Do I need proof of competency to operate a non-powered watercraft?

What is acceptable proof of competency for non-residents?

Is my boater education card revokable or suspendable?

Will there be a penalty for those who have a Maine boater education card, but do not carry it while boating?

Course Accreditation

Is your Maine boater education course approved by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife?

Is your Maine boater education course approved by NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators)?

Is the Maine boater card accepted outside of the state?

How do I contact the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife?

Price & Billing

What does the Maine boater education course cost?

Is it safe to enter my credit card information?

What other payment options do you have aside from debit/credit card?

Is there an annual cost for the card?

How does the automatic time extension feature work?

What is your refund policy?

Do you have an affiliate network program?

Do you offer referrals or any promotions?

Replacement Documents

How do I replace my temporary Maine online course completion document if I lost or damaged it?


How do I sign up?

What if I forget my password?

How can I change my user information?

If I log out, do I lose my progress?

How many times can I log in and out of the course?


Can I access the course on my mobile device?

Can I do part of the course on desktop and part on mobile?

What happens if I lose my internet connection while taking the exam?

Will this course run on any web browser?

What are the system requirements in order to take the exam online?

What is required to play the videos in the course?

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