Boating Education Courses
Participation in a boating education course will teach how to properly operate and maintain a boat. Laws, responsibilities and personal safety will also be covered. Passage of a final exam is required. You must attend every day of the class in order to receive your certificate.
Note:Persons 16 years of age and under 18 years of age MAY NOT operate a personal watercraft unless they possess on their person, identification showing proof of age and proof of successful completion of a boating safety course unless they are accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older who physically occupies the personal watercraft.
Total Course = 6 Hours
- Proper Operation Safety (Boating Handling-Equipment-Trailering) = 3 Hours
- Laws = 30 Minutes
- Emergencies Survival (cold water) = 40 Minutes
- Self Help First Aid = 20 Minutes
- Environment/Ethics = 1 1/2 Hours
New courses will be posted below as they become available.
Can’t find a course for your area? Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
America’s Boating Education Online Course can be taken in any of three ways: on the Internet, by studying an 80-page course manual or with a CD. No matter how you like to learn, when you sign up you’ll receive a complete package which includes the course manual, the boating course CD, and a PIN number giving you access to the Internet course. An in-person exam and course fee are required to complete this course.
The America’s Boating Education Course is the only online course recognized by the Department at this time.
When registering either by telephone or email, please be sure to include your full name, telephone number,and which course, date and location you are signing up for.