Youth Operators Need the Minnesota Online Boating Safety Course and Boating Exam

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Take the Minnesota Boating Course

This was a great class. I'm 13 and now I can operate our family jet ski alone if I have adult supervision.

With July 4 weekend around the corner, it’s the perfect time to become an educated, responsible boater. Although people of all ages benefit from taking the Boat Minnesota online safe boating course, it is targeted to 12 - 17 years olds. Minnesota law requires 12 - 17 year olds to have a Watercraft Operator's Permit in order to operate certain types of watercraft without having an adult on board.

With Boat Minnesota (, students can earn their Watercraft Operator's Permit online. Although it’s often called a boating license (or jet ski license), the permit isn’t like a driver’s license—it’s good for life and never has to be renewed.

Students move quickly through short segments designed for bite-sized reading and quick comprehension. Learning is reinforced with interactive animations, and students feel like they’re on the water as they study casting off and docking, rescue techniques, the "Circle of Death," and other boaters safety course topics.

Students study the fast-paced boating safety course ( online when it fits their schedule—setting up a free account and logging in or out as they wish. The online boating test fee includes the boat course, unit quizzes, and the online boating license test. No payment is required until students pass the final boaters exam.

After passing the Minnesota certification exam (or boat license exam), students immediately print out a temporary certificate, which serves as a temporary operating permit for 30 days. Students receive their permanent Minnesota Watercraft Operator's Permit by mail.

A student wrote: "This was a great class. I'm 13 and now I can operate our family jet ski alone if I have adult supervision. Great class overall. Thank you!" Getting an online boaters license has never been so fun!

As an added bonus, students who send a copy of their boaters safety course certificate (or boating licence, as it’s sometimes called) to their insurance agency might be eligible for a discount on boat or personal watercraft (PWC) insurance.

The recognized leader in boating safety, Boat Ed is the official and exclusive provider of print, video, or online boating safety courses for 49 states, plus the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Boat Minnesota has been the official online boat education course of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources since 2004. For more information about boater's licence or safety certification requirements, please visit (


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