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Course CatalogSD Boating Safety Course - South Dakota

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The BoatU.S. Foundation's Free Online Boating Safety Course is NASBLA approved for all boaters in South Dakota.

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

Successful completion of this course does not entitle persons under 12 years of age to operate a boat powered by a motor of more than 6 hp unaccompanied on board by an adult 18 years of age or older. Nor does it authorize anyone under 14 years of age to operate a PWC without a unaccompanied on board by an adult 18 years of age or older.

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


For more information see this state's Mandatory Education and Age Requirements.


This NASBLA approved Boating Safety Course for South Dakota 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 South Dakota. 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. South Dakota
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