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Official Maryland
Boating Safety Course

The fastest way to get your boating license—no timers! is a delegated provider for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

You need boating education in Maryland if you were born after July 1, 1972 and will be operating a motorized vessel on Maryland waters.

Maryland Boating Education Requirements

All persons born on, or after July 1, 1972, must complete a boater safety course and have in their possession proof of completion while operating a numbered or documented vessel on Maryland waters.

Other Maryland Boating Course Requirements

There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course. You do not have to be a resident of Maryland to take this online course.

Why Take This Course?

Other Courses
Maryland–Approved boater education
No minimum time requirements
Complete the course in under 3 hours
Real-life situations
Role-playing simulations
Final exam
Boating safety education card

The Boater Education Card

The Boater Education Card (often referred to as "Maryland boating License" or "Maryland 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.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources logo


The Maryland Interactive Boat Safety Course is approved by the NASBLA. NASBLA is a national nonprofit organization that develops and maintains set standards for boating education in all 50 states and the U.S. territories.

Maryland approved:

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Natural Resources Police
305 Marine Academy Drive, Suite 1
Stevensville, MD 21666

Do you need the Maryland boating license?

Boater safety education is often referred to as a boating license, but what you really need is the Boater Education Card. You can get the Boater Education Card by taking a NASBLA- and Maryland-approved online course.

The Only Gamified Interactive Course

Maryland-Approved Boater Safety Education

Our interactive boater safety course satisfies all boater education requirements established by NASBLA and the Maryland 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!

Maryland Boater Safety Education

Real-Life Situations

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.

Role-Playing Simulations

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.

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Customer Service

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 - Friday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM CST and
Saturday - Sunday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST
1-800-830-2268 (toll free)