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Official North Carolina
Boating Safety Course

The fastest way to get your boating license—no timers!

You need boating education in North Carolina if you were born on or after January 1, 1988 and will be operating a motorized vessel over 10 hp on North Carolina waters.

North Carolina Boating Education Requirements

All persons born on or after January 1, 1988 must complete a North Carolina and NASBLA-approved boater education course before operating any motorboat of 10 HP or greater.

Other North Carolina Boating Course Requirements

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

Why Take This Course?

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North Carolina–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 North Carolina Boater Education Card

The North Carolina Boater Education Card (often referred to as "North Carolina boating License" or "North Carolina Boater Education Card") is proof that you have successfully completed all state-mandated boater education requirements.

Vessel operators who are required to have a North Carolina Boater Education Card must carry their card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by enforcement officers.

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The North Carolina 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.

North Carolina approved:

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1751 Varsity Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606

Do you need the North Carolina boating license?

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

The Only Gamified Interactive Course

North Carolina-Approved Boater Safety Education

Our interactive boater safety course satisfies all boater education requirements established by NASBLA and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

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!

North Carolina 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:

9:00am to Midnight EST, seven days a week.
1-800-830-2268 (toll free), or 214-351-0461
[email protected]