Official Virginia Interactive Boating Safety Course
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Play and pass the $49.50 interactive course
Print your temporary certificate*
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*You will receive your lifetime Virginia Boater Education Certificate within 8–10 business days.
Who is required to complete boater education in Virginia?
All PWC operators age 14 years and older and all motorboat operators of 10 hp or greater regardless of age need to take a boating safety course.
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Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries–Approved Boating Safety Course
The Virginia Interactive Boat Safety Course is approved and accepted by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Virginia Interactive Boat Safety Course is approved by the NASBLA. NASBLA is a national non-profit organization that develops and maintains set standards for boating education in all 50 states and the U.S. territories.
Virginia Boating Laws and Regulations
To legally operate a vessel on Virginia waterways, you must meet the following requirements: you must be at least 14 years of age to operate a PWC.
There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.
Age and Operator Restrictions
Beginning July 1, 2016, all motorboat operators of 10 hp or greater, regardless of age, and all PWC operators 14 years old or older must take a boating safety course.
No one under the age of 14 may operate a PWC. Operators 14 and 15 years old must show proof of completing education.
Do I Need a Boating Card or a Boating License?
Virginia requires that you get your Virginia Boater Education Certificate. The card does not expire and does not need to be renewed. It also fulfills all state requirements.
The Virginia Boater Education Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all the education requirements. The Virginia Boater Education Certificate will arrive within 8–10 business days after you complete all certification requirements.
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