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Course CatalogNM Boating Safety Course - New Mexico

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The BoatU.S. Foundation's free Online Boating Safety course is approved to satisfy the New Mexico state mandatory education requirement that all boaters born on or after January 1, 1989 must complete a NASBLA approved boating safety course in order to operate a boat.

You must PASS all seven lessons in order to receive your certificate of completion.  

Successful completion of this course will not entitle boaters under the age of 13 to operate a PWC or motorboat without a supervising adult on board.

See state Mandatory Education and Age Requirements for more information.

Plastic boater education cards are now available to order for $13.


This NASBLA approved Boating Safety Course for New Mexico boaters covers everything from Navigation Aids and Emergency Situations to Rules of the Road and Required Equipment. Each of the seven chapters includes a quiz at the end for you to test your knowledge. After reviewing all chapters, you will take a 75 question final exam including 10 questions specific to the boating laws in New Mexico. Pass the exam with a score of 80% or better and you will then be able to print your certificate of completion.

Use the worksheets below as a guide to help you take notes as you go through each of the lessons. These worksheets are only meant as a guide and do not replace the course content or quizzes themselves.


  1. Boats and the Marine Environment
  2. Boating Equipment
  3. Trip Planning and Preparation
  4. Safe Boat Operation
  5. Emergency Preparation
  6. Boating Activities
  7. Final Exam


  1. New Mexico
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