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Boater Education Card
Ohio’s Official Boating Course, Test and Card. Animated, narrated & perfect for all ages.
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1. Take the course
Study up with the Official Ohio 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 Ohio DNR, Division of Parks & Watercraft Approved multiple-choice test has 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 Ohio Boater Education Card will arrive by mail.
Who needs it?
Ohio law requires boaters born on or after January 1, 1982, to successfully complete either a boating course or a proficiency exam in order to operate a boat or PWC more than 10 horsepower.
We’ve been making smart boaters for more than 15 years. BOATsmart! is North America’s largest Accredited Boating Safety Course Provider. Your BOATsmart! Ohio Boater Education Card is accepted in more than 40 U.S. states and in Canada. We’ve got you covered!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Am I required to have a license to drive a boat in Ohio?
There are age limits and education requirements for driving a boat.
Boaters who operate vessels powered by greater than 10 horsepower and who were born on or after January 1, 1982, are required to successfully complete a NASBLA-approved boating course or a proficiency exam.
ARE PERSONAL WATERCRAFT (PWC) OPERATORS REQUIRED TO HAVE AN Ohio BOATING LICENSE?
There are age restrictions for persons operating a personal watercraft (PWC), commonly known as a ‘WaveRunner’, ‘SeaDoo’ or ‘Jet-ski’. Those under the age of 12 can not operate a PWC. Children between the ages of 12 and 15 can operate an PWC if they have an Ohio Boater Education Card and have an adult (age 18+) on board with them. Those age 16 and up can operate a PWC if they have an Ohio Boater Education Card.
WILL MY BOATsmart! Ohio Boater Education Card BE VALID FOR BOATING IN OTHER STATES?
Yes! The BOATsmart! Ohio Boater Education Card is accepted in 40 states, which extend reciprocity. This means the BOATsmart! Boating Safety Course meets the National Standards established by NASBLA. This law applies to operators of motorized boats, but not in all states to operators of personal watercraft (PWCs). Always check the boating laws in the state you plan to visit prior to operating a boat or a PWC there.
WHO IS REQUIRED TO WEAR LIFE JACKETS ON Ohio WATERS?
In Ohio you are required to wear a life jacket in the following cases:
- if you are operating a personal watercraft
- if you are waterskiing or being towed on a similar device
- if you are under 10 years of age on any vessel less than 18 feet in length
How do I register my boat in Ohio?
Registrations are required for every recreational boat in Ohio, including powerboats, sailboats, canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and inflatable boats.
You can find information on how to register your boat through the Ohio DNR Division of Parks & Watercraft website.
WILL MY BOATSMART! Ohio Boater Education Card EVER EXPIRE?
Never. Your Ohio Boater Education Card will be good for life. But make sure you visit us after you pass the test. BOATsmart! offers free refresher lessons that will help you keep your boating knowledge up to date!
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