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Official Virginia Boating Safety Course

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Virginia State Law: You need boating education in Virginia if you will be operating a PWC or motorboat.

Get Your Virginia Boating License in 3 Easy Steps.

  1. Play and pass the $49.50 interactive course

  2. Print your temporary certificate*

  3. Get ready to go boating!

    *You will receive your lifetime Virginia Boater Education Certificate within 8-10 business days.

Why Take This Course?

Virginia–Approved boater education
No minimum time requirements
Complete the course in under 3 hours
Real-life situations
Role-playing simulations
Final exam

A Boat Education Course Unlike Any Other!

Challenging & Fun Learning Activities

Steps on how to perform a water rescue
Play, explore, and learn
Casting off with no wind question, two x's for wrong answers
Careful: Avoid 3 strikes to level up
Fire extingisher with a fire in front
Learn by doing
Drive encounters, diver-down flag in the water
Meet Virginia requirements
Sail boat in the middle of a body of water with a green light
Experience realistic simulations
Girl on a paddle board with two options of flotation devices
Go at your own pace

Go on a Boating Adventure

Earn Achievements and “Level Up”

Two animated women with a list of two problems
Show what you know
Achievement icon
Get rewarded for success
Three red strikes for incorrect answers
Crack all the levels
Six Achievement badges
Earn achievement badges
Different stages of alcohol impairment
Use the study guide to prepare
Congrats, Boating Education Certificate card
Earn your boating certificate

What the Students Are Saying!


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 have boater education if you meet the following requirements: Anyone who will be operating a PWC or motorboat in Virginia needs boating education.

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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Virginia Approved

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries logo

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
7870 Villa Park Drive, PO Box 90778
Henrico, VA 23228

Made in the U.S.A.

This safety course is proudly made to serve students, agencies, and organizations worldwide.

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