Getting a Mandatory Boater Education Card
If you are boating in Washington, you must have a Washington State Boater Education Card with you when operating a boat 15 horsepower or greater.
If you were born before January 1,1955, you are exempt.
To get a card, follow these easy steps:
- Take an approved boater education course
After taking the boater education course, submit the Boater Education Card Application to State Parks, along with $10, and a legal copy of your proof of course completion.
- Classroom Courses
- Equivalency Exam - If you are an experienced boater and have a good working knowledge of navigation rules and Washington laws, you may opt to take an equivalency exam with no reference material.
- Hands-On Training Courses - The on-the-water boat handling skills are designed to make you comfortable, knowledgeable, and safe. Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has a list of organizations that offer boating education with classroom and hands-on training.
- Home Study Course - This course consists of an online study guide and certification exam booklet. The course offers the basics of safe boating that all recreational boaters should know, and covers a number of important laws and regulations. A certificate of accomplishment is issued after successful completion of the exam.
- Online Courses - Washington State Parks has a list of approved online courses. These are run by private companies and some are free and others have a fee.