Boater Safety Course
The fastest way to get your boating license—no timers!
You need boating education in Texas if you are at least 13 years of age and were born on or after Sept. 1, 1993, and will be operating a boat powered by a motor of over 15 hp, a PWC, or a windblown vessel over 14 feet long on Texas waters.
Get Your Texas Boating License in 3 Easy Steps.
Play and pass the $49.50 interactive course.
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 Texas Boater Education Certificate will arrive 30 days after successfully completing this course.
Your Texas Boater Education Certificate is recognized in all U.S. states and Canada.
Why Take This Course?
|Texas–Approved boater education|
|No minimum time requirements|
|Complete the course in under 3 hours|
The Texas Boater Education Certificate
The Texas Boater Education Certificate (often referred to as "Texas boating License" or "Texas Boater Education Card") is proof that you have successfully completed all state-mandated boater education requirements.
Vessel operators who are required to have a Texas Boater 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 Texas
This interactive course was developed in accordance with the standards set forth by NASBLA as well as meets the requirements of the Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Official course provider approved by:
Texas Parks and Wildlife
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
The Only Gamified Interactive Course
Texas-Approved Boater Safety Education
Our interactive boater safety course satisfies all boater education requirements established by NASBLA and the Texas Parks and Wildlife.
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.
Texas Boating Laws and Regulations
Texas law requires boater education for all boaters born on or after Sept. 1, 1993, and will be operating a motorized boat powered by a motor of more than 15 horsepower, a PWC, or a windblown vessel over 14 feet long in Texas.
Texas Age and Operator Restrictions
A person under the age of 13 years may operate a vessel only if he or she is supervised by a person who:
- Is at least 18 years of age or older and…
- Can lawfully operate the watercraft and…
- Is on board when the vessel is underway.
Texas Boater Education Requirement Enforcements
Texas law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the laws and guidelines.
Not carrying your Boater Education Card when one is required can result in a fine.
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Texas Frequently Asked Boating Questions
Price and Payment
How much does the Texas ilearntoboat Course cost?
The Texas ilearntoboat Course fee is $49.50. You will also pay a $10.00 Texas Parks and Wildlife fee.
Taking the Course
Do you need Texas Boating education?
You need boater education if you were born after Aug. 31, 1993, and will be operating a boat over 15 hp, a PWC, or a sailboat over 14 feet long in Texas.
Are there any age or operator restrictions for boating in Texas?
What is the minimum age to take this online course?
You must be at least 13 years old to take this online course.
Do I have to be a resident to take the Texas ilearntoboat Course?
You do not have to be a resident of Texas to take this online course.
Course Approval and Acceptance
Is the Texas ilearntoboat Course approved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife?
The Texas ilearntoboat Course is approved and accepted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Is my Boater 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 Boater Education Certificate?
You'll be emailed a link to get your Boater Education Certificate by the Texas Parks and Wildlife 30 days after you complete all certification requirements.
How do I replace my Boater Education Certificate if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?
To replace a lost, destroyed, or damaged Boater Education Certificate, go to https://tpwd.elementlms.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:
9:00am to Midnight EST, seven days a week.
1-800-830-2268 (toll free), or 214-351-0461