Interactive Indiana Boating License Course
The fastest Indiana boaters safety course—no timers! ilearntoboat.com is a delegated boating safety provider for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
You need boating education in Indiana if you are at least 15 years old but do not have an Indiana driver's license and will be operating a motorboat or PWC on Indiana waters.
How to Get your Boating License in 4 Easy Steps
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Sign up for your ilearntoboat® student account, pay for the course, and get started right away.
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Study & Pass the Online Course
Learn at your own pace on any device. We automatically save your progress, whether you take the course on desktop, tablet or mobile.
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Print Your Temp Card Immediately
You're able to print your temporary boating license as soon as you've passed the online exam.
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Time to make waves! You can now legally and confidently operate a boat.
Why Take This Course?
|Indiana-Approved boater education|
|No minimum time requirements|
|Complete the course in under 3 hours|
The Boater Education Card
The Boater Education Card (often referred to as "Indiana Boating License" or "Indiana Boater Education Card") is proof that you have successfully completed all state-mandated boater education requirements.
Vessel operators who are required to have a Boater Education Card must carry their card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by enforcement officers.
The Only Approved Interactive Boater Safety Course in Indiana
This interactive course was developed in accordance with the standards set forth by NASBLA as well as meets the requirements of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Official course provider approved by:
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
402 West Washington Street, Room W160A
Indianapolis, IN 46204
The Only Gamified Interactive Course
Indiana-Approved Boater Safety Education
Our interactive boater safety course satisfies all boater education requirements established by NASBLA and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
No Minimum Time Requirements
Students complete our interactive courses faster than our traditional courses. Why? There are no timers—ever!
Complete the Course in Under 3 Hours
Instruction that engages the brain using both words and images has been shown to significantly increase student retention and comprehension. When you combine interactive learning with no minimum time requirement, it’s easy to understand why many of our students complete their boater education in under 3 hours!
Make choices for your character that will earn you awards and allow you to move through levels by applying what you’ve learned about boater safety throughout the challenges.
We made sure to include plenty of mini-games and realistic simulations to keep you engaged along the way. Earn achievement badges as you master trip planning, emergency preparation, and safety operations. Crack all of the levels, and you will be awarded your boating education certificate.
Indiana Boating Laws and Regulations
Indiana law requires boater education for anyone at least 15 years old who operates a motorboat or PWC but does not have an Indiana driver’s license.
Indiana Age and Operator Restrictions
No one under 15 years of age may legally operate a motorboat greater than 10 hp or a PWC.
Boaters who are 15 years of age may operate a motorboat or PWC until they become a licensed driver only if they complete a boater education course approved by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and have on board an ID card issued by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).
A person who has never been licensed by the BMV must complete an approved boater education course successfully and have on board an ID issued by the Indiana BMV to operate a motorboat legally.
All other motorboat or PWC operators must have a valid vehicle driver’s license to operate on all Indiana public waters.
Indiana Boater Education Requirement Enforcements
Indiana law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the laws and guidelines.
- Carry the Card: Vessel operators who are required to have a Boater Education Card must carry the card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by an enforcement officer.
- Penalty: Not carrying your Boater Education Card when one is required can result in a fine.
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Indiana Boating License FAQs
Price and Payment
- How much does the Indiana ilearntoboat Course cost?
The Indiana ilearntoboat Course fee is $49.95.
Taking the Course
- Do you need the Indiana boating license?
You need education if you are at least 15 years old and will be operating a motorboat or PWC but do not have an Indiana driver’s license.
Are there any age or operator restrictions for boating in Indiana?
- What is the minimum age to take this online course?
There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.
- Do I have to be a resident to take the Indiana ilearntoboat Course?
You do not have to be a resident of Indiana to take this online course.
Course Approval and Acceptance
- Is the Indiana ilearntoboat Course approved by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources?
The Indiana ilearntoboat Course is approved and accepted by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
- Is my Indiana Boater Education Card accepted elsewhere?
For visiting boaters, all states, territories, and provinces will recognize boating education cards that meet NASBLA requirements and Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Cards that meet Transport Canada's requirements.
Quizzes and/or Exams
- Do I have to take an online exam?
The Certification Exam is the exam you take at the end of the online course. You must score at least 80% on the exam to pass. You have unlimited attempts to pass the exam. If you don’t complete the exam in one session, don’t worry. When you log in later, you will be taken to the first unanswered question of the exam.
About Your Certification
- What is the proof of online Indiana ilearntoboat Course completion?
Once you pass and pay for the online course, you will be able to immediately print out the Temporary Boater Education Certificate. This is your proof of online course completion. You can print the Temporary Boater Education Certificate right then, and/or request that a PDF be emailed to you. This certificate EXPIRES 60 days after course completion.
- What is the permanent Indiana Boater Education Card?
The Boater Education Card is proof that you have successfully completed all the education requirements. The Boater Education Card will arrive within 3-5 weeks after you complete all certification requirements.
Replacement of Lost or Damaged Documents
- How do I replace my Boater Education Card if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?
To replace a lost, destroyed, or damaged Boater Education Card, go to https://ilostmycard.com/.
Your ilearntoboat course comes with a dedicated customer service team made up of real people, not robots. We’re here to provide assistance to you through all channels—phone, email, and chat.
We’re available to help you:
Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST, and
Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST
1-800-830-2268 (toll free)