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Course CatalogWA Boating Safety Course - Washington

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The BoatU.S. Foundation's Free Online Boating Safety course is approved to satisfy the Washington state mandatory education requirement that all boaters (as outlined in the phase-in schedule for Washington) must complete a NASBLA approved boating safety course in order to operate a vessel powered by an engine greater than 15 hp.

Please note that the course servers reboot every day at 4:30AM Eastern Time (1:30AM Pacific) and during this time you may experience slow server response.  

You must pass all 7 lessons in order to receive your certificate of completion.

Successful completion of this course will not entitle boaters under the age of 12 to operate a PWC or motorboat of 15 hp or more.

All boat operators will be required to have a boater education card by January 1, 2015 with an annual phase-in for increasing age groups. See state Mandatory Education and Age Requirements for more information on the phase in.

After passing this course, boaters will need to download and complete this form and send into the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission with $10 in order to receive their permanent Washington Boater Education Card. 


This NASBLA approved Boating Safety Course for Washington 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 Washington. 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


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