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Official Washington
Boater Safety Course

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

You need boating education in Washington if you will be operating a boat of powered by a motor of 15 hp or more or a PWC.

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Get Your Washington Boating License in 3 Easy Steps.

Play and pass the $49.50 interactive course, and pay a $10.50 state 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 Washington Boater Education Card will arrive 6 weeks after successfully completing this course.

Go boating!

Your Washington Boater Education Card is recognized in all U.S. states and Canada.

Why Take This Course?

Other Courses
Washington–Approved boater education
No minimum time requirements
Complete the course in under 3 hours
Real-life situations
Role-playing simulations
Final exam
Washington Boater Education Card

The Washington Boater Education Card

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

Vessel operators who are required to have a Washington 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 Only Approved Interactive Boater Safety Course in Washington

This interactive course was developed in accordance with the standards set forth by NASBLA as well as meets the requirements of the Washington State Parks.

Official course provider approved by:

Washington State Parks
PO Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504

Get Started

Start your interactive Boater Safety Course now and get your boating license 2–3 times faster than other courses.

The Only Gamified Interactive Course

Washington-Approved Boater Safety Education

Our interactive boater safety course satisfies all boater education requirements established by NASBLA and the Washington State Parks.

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!

Washington 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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Washington Boating Laws and Regulations

Washington law requires boater education for all boaters who operate a boat of powered by a motor of 15 horsepower or more.

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Washington Age and Operator Restrictions

  • No one under the age of 16 years may lease, hire, or rent a PWC.
  • Persons 12 years of age or older may operate a power-driven vessel with an engine that is 15 horsepower or more if they have a Washington Boater Education Card.
  • Persons 14 years of age or older may operate a PWC if they have a Washington Boater Education Card.

Exemptions to Washington Boater Education Requirements

Some operators are exempt from the boater safety education requirement.

  • Any person born before Jan. 1, 1955
  • Any person 12 years of age or older who is operating a power-driven vessel with an engine that is 15 horsepower or more and is accompanied by and under the direct supervision of a person 16 years of age or older who has a Washington Boater Education Card
  • Any person at least 14 years of age who is operating a rented, chartered, or leased power-driven vessel with an engine that is 15 horsepower or more (other than a personal watercraft) and who completes and carries on board an approved motor vessel safety operating and equipment checklist (valid during the rental period only)
  • Any person who is a non-resident and who operates on Washington waters for 60 consecutive days or less

Customer Service

Our customer service team, made up of real people with real I Learn To Boat experience, is here to provide assistance through all channels—phone, email, and chat.

9:00 a.m. to midnight EST, seven days a week.

Get help seven days a week from professionals like Katy, Heidi, Josh, Misty, Liz, Allen, and Thomas.

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