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Washingtons’s Official Boating Course, Test and License. Animated, narrated & perfect for all ages.
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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
Who needs it?
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The most asked questions by our customers
IS BOATSMART! A RECOGNIZED BOATING SAFETY ORGANIZATION?
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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