Boater Safety Course
The fastest way to get your boating license—no timers!
You need boating education in Pennsylvania if you will be operating a PWC in Pennsylvania. You also need boating education if you were born on or after Jan. 1, 1982, and will be operating a boat over 25 hp in Pennsylvania.
Get Your Pennsylvania Boating License in 3 Easy Steps.
Play and pass the $49.50 interactive course, pay a $10.00 state fee, and pay a $5.00 PFBC admin fee.
Learn and test your boating knowledge while you venture through this fun, interactive course. Once you successfully guide your group to safety, you may take the final exam. You have multiple attempts to pass the final exam.
Print your certificate.
The boater education certificate proves that you completed an approved boater safety course. Your permanent Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificate will arrive 4-6 weeks after successfully completing this course.
Your Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificate is recognized in all U.S. states and Canada.
Why Take This Course?
|Pennsylvania–Approved boater education|
|No minimum time requirements|
|Complete the course in under 3 hours|
The Boating Safety Education Certificate
The Boating Safety Education Certificate (often referred to as "Pennsylvania boating License" or "Pennsylvania Boater Education Card") is proof that you have successfully completed all state-mandated boater education requirements.
Vessel operators who are required to have a Boating Safety Education Certificate 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 Pennsylvania
This interactive course was developed in accordance with the standards set forth by NASBLA as well as meets the requirements of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.
Official course provider approved by:
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
1601 Elmerton Avenue, PO Box 67000
Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000
The Only Gamified Interactive Course
Pennsylvania-Approved Boater Safety Education
Our interactive boater safety course satisfies all boater education requirements established by NASBLA and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat 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!
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.
Pennsylvania Boating Laws and Regulations
Pennsylvania law requires boater education if you will be operating a PWC in Pennsylvania. You also need boater education if you were born on or after Jan. 1, 1982, and will be operating a boat over 25 hp in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Age and Operator Restrictions
Pennsylvania law requires all PWC operators to have boater education and to carry a boater education card. In addition, those operating a boat over 25 hp are also required by law to pass a boater safety course and to carry a boater education card.
Exemptions to Pennsylvania Boater Education Requirements
Residents of other states who were born on or after Jan. 1, 1982, and operate on Pennsylvania waters for 60 days or less are exempt if they hold a boating safety certificate issued by their home state.
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Pennsylvania Frequently Asked Boating Questions
Price and Payment
How much does the Pennsylvania Boat Course cost?
The Pennsylvania Boat Course fee is $49.50. You will also pay a $10.00 Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission fee and a $5.00 PFBC admin fee.
Taking the Course
Do you need Pennsylvania Boating education?
Boater safety education is often referred to as a boating license, but what you really need is the Boating Safety Education Certificate. You can get the Boating Safety Education Certificate by taking a NASBLA- and Pennsylvania-approved online course.
Are there any age or operator restrictions for boating in Pennsylvania?
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 Pennsylvania Boat Course?
You do not have to be a resident of Pennsylvania to take this online course.
Course Approval and Acceptance
Is the Pennsylvania Boat Course approved by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission?
The Pennsylvania Boat Course is approved and accepted by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.
Is my Boating Safety Education Certificate 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.
About Your Certification
What is the permanent Boating Safety Education Certificate?
The Boating Safety Education Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all the education requirements. The Boating Safety Education Certificate will arrive within 4-6 weeks after you complete all certification requirements.
How do I replace my Boating Safety Education Certificate if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?
To replace a lost or destroyed Boating Safety Education Certificate, you can order a duplicate by calling or emailing http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/BoatingCourses/Documents/dupboatcert.pdf.
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