Boat & Water Safety

Laws & Regulations


Water recreation

Boat and water safety education

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Online course

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Complete the online boating safety course Boat Minnesota to receive a youth Minnesota watercraft operator's permit (12 to 17 years old).

In addition, this course may be required for youth and adults plan on boating in Canada.

Adults wishing to learn more about boating safety are encouraged to take the course and maybe eligible for a discount on boat insurance —check with your insurance agent. There is a $22.50 fee after passing the exam to receive your youth or adult watercraft operator's permit.

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Classroom courses

Learn more about boating and water safety.

Organizations such as U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadrons offer free or low cost education programs and publications. To find a boating safety classroom course, visit the DNR’s Event Calendar or call BOAT/U.S. at 800-336-BOAT.

Minnesota Boating Guide

The Minnesota Boating Guide This is a PDF file. Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to download it. (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.