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


USD $24.95 Only USD $19.95 Per Boater

USD $24.95 Only USD $19.95 Per Boater
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“It’s all about freedom. no roads, no lines, no boundaries to guide my adventures.”

Calvin T.

Made by boaters, for boaters.

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Anywhere, any device

Captain
in 1, 2, 3

BOATsmart! is the easiest and fastest way to get your Washington State Parks Approved Boater Education Certificate (or boating license). We include everything you need.

1. Take the course

Study up with the Official Washington 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 Washington State Parks 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
Print your official Certificate of Course Completion and application and submit it to Washington State Parks. They will send you permanent Washington Boater Education Card in the mail within 6 weeks.

Who needs it?

Boating Safety Education is required by anyone born after December 31, 1954 and 12 years of age or older operating a pleasure craft powered by an engine greater than 15 horsepower.

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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Trusted and recognized from coast to coast

Washington state offers outdoor enthusiasts a rugged playground that’s gorgeous and straight-up hard to beat! You can go boating, wakeboarding, whitewater rafting, kayaking, hardcore rock climbing or mountain biking through an old-growth forest. There’s always something awesome to do in Washington state’s big, beautiful backyard.

Boating in Washington

Washington state offers outdoor enthusiasts a rugged playground that’s gorgeous and straight-up hard to beat! There’s always something awesome to do in Washington state’s big, beautiful backyard.

Get Certified and Save!

We’ve teamed up with the best outdoor, adventure and travel brands to help you get the most out of your outdoor pursuits. Your BOATsmart!, HUNTINGsmart! or ATVsmart! course fee includes free membership to Campfire Collective and instant access to exclusive partner discounts.

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Campfire helps people have awesome outdoor adventures.

Campfire was founded with the belief that we’re at our best when we go to our wild. Collective membership is free. Join now to get exclusive discounts from leading outdoor brands, access high quality online courses and inspire others. Your wild awaits, go boldly.

The most asked questions by our customers

IS BOATSMART! A RECOGNIZED BOATING SAFETY ORGANIZATION?

 
Yes. The BOATsmart! Boating Safety Course and Test have been officially approved by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and is also recognized by the United States Coast Guard (USCG).
 

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.
 

DO I NEED TO TAKE BOATER EDUCATION IN WASHINGTON?

 
Boating Safety Education is required by anyone born after December 31, 1954 and 12 years of age or older operating a pleasure craft powered by an engine greater than 15 horsepower.
 

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.
 

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