You might need a Boating License!

Depending on which state you live in, you might need a Boater Education Card before you head out onto the water. Various states have different laws and parameters regarding this. If you’re unsure, click the link below to check your state’s regulations.

Find Your State

 

 

Here’s the deal:

Bring your state issued Safe Boating Course ID card to the marina when you check in and you will receive a $50 discount on your houseboat rental. There is only one $50 discount allowed per houseboat rental and the card holder must be the contract signer (Captain!).

 

Not certified yet?

If you have not completed a safe boating course yet, it’s not too late. You can either complete an in-person or online course from your state of residence (see links below), or you have the option to complete a classroom course from the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary or United States Power Squadron.

 

Don’t forget your crew!

Many captains also find it handy to have their crew review a safety course before their voyage. These courses are a great way to get everyone to start thinking about the trip in advance and you will find that they make for safer boating as well. Many of the online courses are free to review, easy to read, include interesting illustrations and videos and even offer practice tests free of charge.

 

State Resources:

Check out your state’s website for certification details:

 

ARIZONA

Arizona Game and Fish Department

Arizona Online Class: boat-ed.com

 

NEVADA

Nevada Department of Wildlife

Note: “Boaters born on or after January 1, 1983 must complete a boater education course, approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators to operate a boat with more than a 15-horsepower motor on Nevada’s interstate waters, including Lake Tahoe, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and Topaz Lake.”

Nevada online class: boaterexam.com

Nevada online class: boat-ed.com

 

UTAH

Utah State Parks boating education info page

Utah online class: boaterexam.com

Utah online class: boat-ed.com

 

CALIFORNIA

California Department of Boating and Waterways

The California course cannot be taken online.

(See the CDBW site for details.)

boat-ed.com

 

MISSOURI

Missouri State Water Patrol

Note: “Anyone born after January 1, 1984, must successfully complete a boating safety education course to legally operate any vessel on the lakes of Missouri, including personal watercraft.”

To receive the $50 discount, the full boating safety course must be completed and certification card presented at check in.

Missouri online class link: boated.com

TEXAS

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Texas online class link: boat-ed.com

Additional class links:

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

United States Power Squadrons

Check out these other fun sites for more water safety tips:

Find out more about WEAR IT!

National Water Safety Congress

The United States Coast Guard – boating safety page

*$50 discount only valid for houseboat rentals at marinas that Forever Resorts has houseboat rentals at. Discount not applicable to other small watercraft rentals (ski boats, PWCs, fishing boats, etc.).