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Alaska’s Official Boating Course, Test and License. Animated, narrated & perfect for all ages.


USD $29.95 Only USD $19.95 Per Boater

USD $29.95 Only USD $19.95 Per Boater

Need your Alaska
Boater Card?

BOATsmart! is the easiest and fastest way to get yourAlaska Department of Natural Resources Approved Boater Education Certificate (or boat license). We include everything you need.

1. Take the course

Study up with the Official Alaska Boating Safety Course. Animated and narrated lessons put you in the captain’s seat. Anywhere, on any device and perfect for all ages.

2. Ace the test

It’s easy. Our Alaska Department of Natural Resources Approved multiple-choice test is open book with unlimited free retries. Basically, you’re guaranteed to pass and it’s good for life!

3. You’re the captain now

Once you pass the test, you can print your temporary card and use it immediately. Your permanent Alaska Boater Education Card, the Official Alaska Boat License, will arrive by mail within four weeks.

Who needs it?

An Alaska Boater Education Card (or boating license) proves that you’ve obtained the knowledge to safely operate a motorized watercraft on Alaska’s waterways.

Approved,
Accredited
& awesome

We’ve been making smart boaters for more than 15 years. BOATsmart! is North America’s largest Accredited Boating Safety Course Provider. Your BOATsmart! Card is accepted in more than 40 U.S. states and in Canada. We’ve got you covered!

500,000 Smart
Boaters & growing

Made for boaters, by boaters. The BOATsmart! Course is the fastest, easiest way to get your Official NASBLA Boating License. Study at your own pace and we’ll automatically track your progress. We include 24/7 access, live customer support and a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Plus, exclusive partner discounts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

DO I NEED A BOATER EDUCATION CARD in Alaska?

 

Alaska does not require boating education. You can take this course to save on insurance or to boat in states that require a card.

 

WILL MY BOATSMART! CARD EVER EXPIRE?

 
Your BOATsmart! Card will never expire. But stay in touch after you pass the test – BOATsmart! offers free, online refresher lessons that will help you keep your boating skill and knowledge up to date as years pass and boating regulations change.
 

IS IT SAFE FOR BOATERS TO APPROACH MARINE MAMMALS IN ALASKA, LIKE WHALES?

 

We believe any person who operates a motorized boat in the United States, including commercial boat operators, should participate in Boater Education. The BOATsmart! Safe Boating Course covers all aspects of safe boating and responsible boat operation on U.S. waterways. Boaters of any age and ability are encouraged to participate in the BOATsmart! certification program.

 

WHO PATROLS ALASKA’S WATERS AND ENFORCES THE STATE’S BOATING LAWS?

 

Always follow Alaska’s boating laws and regulations to avoid recieving a fine from Alaska law enforcement. Learn more about Alaska’s boating laws by taking the BOATsmart! Alaska Boating Safety Course. There are three boating law authorities in the state of Alaska:

 

I LOST MY ALASKA BOATER EDUCATION CARD. CAN IT BE REPLACED?

 

Yes. If your BOATsmart! Boater Education Card is missing or has been destroyed, you can easily purchase a Replacement Card from BOATsmart! for $9.95 per card. Give us a call and we will send you a new BOATsmart! Card in the mail. Toll free 1-877-655-7778.

 

WILL MY WASHINGTON BOATING EDUCATION I.D. CARD BE VALID FOR BOATING IN OTHER STATES?

 
Yes! The BOATsmart! Card is accepted in 40 other states, which extend reciprocity to certified boaters. This law applies to operators of motorized boats (who have taken and passed a NASBLA approved boating safety course), but does not apply in all states to operators of personal watercraft (PWCs). Always check the boating laws in the state you plan to visit before operating a boat or PWC there.
 

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT TAKES ME LONGER THAN 3-HOURS TO COMPLETE THE BOATSMART! COURSE? WILL I NEED TO START OVER?

 
The 3-hour timer is only a minimum requirement. You’re free to spend as much time as you need in the BOATsmart! Knowledge Base before taking the Final Test.
 

DO I NEED TO COMPLETE THE 3-HOUR ONLINE ALASKA BOATSMART! COURSE BEFORE I CAN ACCESS THE FINAL TEST?

 

Yes. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) requires boaters to complete the full 3-hour online study guide in order to access the online version of the Boater Education Test. However, you don’t have to complete the entire Study Guide in one sitting. BOATsmart! will automatically track and save your progress. Once you’ve completed all modules and quizzes you’ll gain access to Alaska’s Official Boater Education Card test

 

WHERE CAN I TAKE ALASKA’S BOATING SAFETY TEST?

 

Yes. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)Take the state-approved Boating Test right here on this website. Keep in mind, you must complete the BOATsmart! Course prior to accessing the Official Test. But there’s no rush, you don’t have to complete the entire Study Guide at in one sitting. BOATsmart! will automatically track and save your progress. Once you’ve completed the course you’ll be able to immediately access the test.

 

Boating in Alaska

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With popular boating and paddling tours located all over the state of Alaska, your on-water activity options are limitless. A few of the best boating lakes include: Kenai Lake, Big Lake and Stormy Lake.

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