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The boating safety course without the classroom!

The "Virginia Online Boat Operator" safety course is authorized by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and recognized by the U. S. Coast Guard to satisfy boating education requirements.  

By completing this course, you will earn your Virginia Boating Safety Education Certificate and be able to operate any recreational powerboat in Virginia - from Personal Watercraft (jet skis) to large motor yachts!

As soon as you complete the course, you will be able to print your certificate which allows you to boat legally, today!

We feel it is important to allow all Virginia boaters free access to our boating safety course and charge only a nominal fee to process your certificate of completion once you complete the online course. To track your progress as you study the course, you will need to create a user name and password.

Virginia law requires the online course be a minimum of 3 hours in length. Therefore, there are timers built into each page anywhere from 1 - 12 minutes and you must wait for the timer to elapse and a 'Next' arrow to appear before progressing to the next page.

There is also a 30-minute 'Session' timer on each page - if the page is left idle for 30-minutes, your session will time-out and you will have to log-in again to continue.


Please sign-in to access the course material.

Please follow the instructions below.



VA law allows all boaters to take an online boating course in lieu of a classroom course.

Successful completion of this online course qualifies you for your VIRGINIA BOATER CARD.

There is no cost to review the online course materials,



Take your boating course at home with our complete Home Study Kit. The Kit includes a 60-minute DVD, book, VA state laws and test.

Order Now – only $29.95 + S/H

Additional family members only $12.95 each.



Take the Virginia Boating Course in the classroom

Richmond or Tidewater

All classes taught by retired U.S. Coast Guard personnel

Goals of the Course

  1. Keep you and your passengers safe on the water.
  2. Prevent you from getting a ticket from a law enforcement officer.
  3. Enable you to earn your boater education certificate.
The online course covers a wide range of information, including registration and titling, trailering, fueling, safety equipment, laws, navigation rules and how to handle emergencies.


Important: Please follow these directions:

  1. When you click on “Start the Course”  you will be asked to create a User Name and Password. Record this information! Having a unique user name enables you to track your progress within the course. Each person taking the course must use a different user name. Do not use the same user name as someone else or your information will not be recorded and you will not receive a boating safety certificate.
  2. Start the course at chapter one, page one and progress through the material in sequence. Each of the 7 chapters consist of course material pages, a short video, a fill-in-the-blank practice quiz, and a multiple choice test at the end. A passing score of at least 90% is required to complete the chapter and move on. If the test score is below 90%, you will be able to review the chapter material and a new test will be generated.
  3. Study at your own pace. Stop at any point - continue by logging in again at
  4. There is no “final exam”. Successful completion of the seven multiple choice end-of-chapter tests makes you eligible to pay for your proof of completion certificate which shows proof of meeting the Virginia requirements.
  5. Once you are ready to pay for your boater certificate, fill-in your personal data (name, address, city, etc.).
  6. Make payment on our secure site with any major credit or debit card. Payment allows you to access your Virginia Boating Certificate of Completion. Should you need to order a new certificate, go to, click “order duplicate” and login.
  7. Go boating!

Certificate of Completion

Upon taking and passing this course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion honored by the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).

The certificate you receive by completing the coursework is all you need to legally operate a personal watercraft (must be at least 14 years of age) or powerboat (any age) in Virginia.

Optional Virginia Boater Card

You may now apply to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for a state issued boater card. The cost of the optional state issued card is $10.00, and you must include proof of completing this course along with your application to the VDGIF to receive your card.


The MINIMUM age to operate a personal watercraft is 14.

There is no minimum age requirement to operate a "traditional" powerboat in Virginia, but all boat operators will eventually need to complete a boating safety course in order to operate legally.


Type of Boat Current By July 1, 2015 By July 1, 2016
Powerboats (10 HP or greater) Operators 45 years of age and younger must have education certificateOperators 50 years of age and younger must have education certificateAll operators, regardless of age, must have education certificate
Personal Watercraft - PWC (Jet Ski, Sea-Doo, Wave Runner) ALL PWC operators, regardless of age, must have education certificate and carry it with them at all times while operating the craft.
Non-powered Boats The education law does not apply to powerboats with less than 10 horsepower.

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