Boat & Water Safety Education
Complete the online Boat Minnesota course. Then take the certification exam online if you wish to receive your Minnesota Watercraft Operator's Permit (12-17 year olds) or Minnesota Boater Education Certificate (for those 18 or older).
This interactive on-line boating safety course may also be completed by adults wishing to learn more about boating safety (and obtain a possible discount on their boat insurance - check with your insurance agent). There is a $22.50 fee after passing the exam to receive your youth Watercraft Operator's Permit or Adult Boater Education Certificate.
This free Boat Operator's Course and Test Packet is used primarily by children ages 12-17 to earn their Watercraft Operator's Permit. This home-study boating safety course may also be completed by adult Minnesotans wishing to learn more about boating safety (and obtain a possible discount on their boat insurance).
Learn more about boating and water safety. Organizations such as the DNR, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons, Red Cross, and local school districts have free or low cost education programs and publications available. Check here for scheduled classroom courses or call BOAT/U.S. at (800) 336-BOAT (toll free) to find the class nearest you.
Minnesota Boating Guide
The Minnesota Boating Guide (2.8 Mb) summarizes Minnesota's boating laws and regulations in an easy-to-read form. It supplies the information that most boaters need to know about operating watercraft on the state's lakes and rivers. Look at the boating and water recreation regulations pages for other laws.
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