Boatus Foundation Online Course Certificate

Last Updated on August 8, 2022 by Team College Learners

With this certificate, you can take your boating safety course online and at your own pace. The online boating safety course is accepted by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard. The BoatUS Foundation course covers a range of topics including trailering, boat handling and sailing, knot tying, paddlesports safety, federal and state regulations, managing risks while underway, navigating with charts and plotters, fueling safely and more.

This is a boatus foundation online course certificate from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water acknowledging that you have completed the online course. It includes your name, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators number, Certificate ID number and issue date.

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Boating Safety

Participation in a boating education course will teach how to properly operate and maintain a boat. There are a few options of course types to choose from. NASBLA approved online courses that are recognized in Maine are available as well as classroom courses.

Note: Persons 16 years of age and under 18 years of age MAY NOT operate a personal watercraft unless they possess on their person, identification showing proof of age and proof of successful completion of a NASBLA approved boating safety course unless they are accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older who physically occupies the personal watercraft.

Online Boating Courses

Each online course varies in presentation and functionality, providing options that may work better for you. You can begin the course and work at your pace, with the ability to save, and go back to it to fit your schedule. Modules are timed in many cases, and each includes multi-media content including text, pictures, photos, and video content, including quizzes and a final exam. All course options are NASBLA approved and currently meet the Maine standard for course content.

America’s Boating Education Course This course can be completed in any one of three ways: Online or Home study-studying an 80-page course manual or with a CD. Cost is $34.95 charged by the online provider. Certificate provided upon successful completion including a passing score on exam.

BoatUS Foundation Online CourseThis is a free course that can be completed online. Provider suggests a $10 donation. Certificate provided upon successful completion including a passing score on exam.

Boat-Ed This course can be completed online. Cost is $34.95 charged by the online provider. Certificate provided upon successful completion including a passing score on exam.

BoatTests101This course can be completed online. The cost is $24.99 charged by the online provider. Certificate provided upon successful completion including a passing score on exam.

Paddlesports training

Paddlesports Safety Online – Please Note: This course is NOT approved to replace a NASBLA approved boat operator course. This is an optional safety program specific to paddlesports. View the Paddlesports Safety Flier (PDF).

Classroom Courses

Passage of a final exam is required. You must attend every day of the class in order to receive your certificate.

Total Course = 6 Hours

  • Proper Operation & Safety (Boating Handling-Equipment-Trailering) = 3 Hours
  • Laws = 30 Minutes
  • Emergencies & Survival (cold water) = 40 Minutes
  • Self Help First Aid = 20 Minutes
  • Environment/Ethics = 1 1/2 Hours

Can’t find a course for your area? Contact the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.

When registering either by telephone or email, please be sure to include your full name, telephone number, and which course, date and location you are signing up for.

New courses will be posted below as they become available.

Current Courses

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CountyLocationContactDate/TimeInfo
CumberlandPortland – Portland Yacht ServicesTom Russell – (207) 774-1067×7 or [email protected] for questions/informationMarch 20, 8am-4pm
Register online Cost $50. Contact Portland Yacht Services 207-774-1067 for payment. Payment due before day of the class.
CumberlandPortland – Portland Yacht ServicesTom Russell – (207) 774-1067×7 or [email protected] for questions/informationApril 16, 8am-4pm
Register online Cost $50. Contact Portland Yacht Services 207-774-1067 for payment. Payment due before day of the class.
CumberlandPortland – Portland Yacht ServicesTom Russell – (207) 774-1067×7 or [email protected] for questions/informationMay 14, 8am-4pm
Register online Cost $50. Contact Portland Yacht Services 207-774-1067 for payment. Payment due before day of the class.
CumberlandPortland – Portland Yacht ServicesTom Russell – (207) 774-1067×7 or [email protected] for questions/informationJune 11, 8am-4pm
Register online Cost $50. Contact Portland Yacht Services 207-774-1067 for payment. Payment due before day of the class.
CumberlandPortland – Portland Yacht ServicesTom Russell – (207) 774-1067×7 or [email protected] for questions/informationJuly 09, 8am-4pm
Register online Cost $50. Contact Portland Yacht Services 207-774-1067 for payment. Payment due before day of the class.
YorkActon – Acton Town HallDick Jagger – (207) 467-5888 or [email protected] for questions/informationMay 28, 9am-3:30pm
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YorkActon – Acton Town HallDick Jagger – (207) 467-5888 or [email protected] for questions/informationJune 18, 9am-3:30pm
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YorkActon – Acton Town HallDick Jagger – (207) 467-5888 or [email protected] for questions/informationJuly 23, 9am-3:30pm
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