Boating Safety Classes and Certificate

boating safety certificateBoaters born after June 30, 1996, and most personal watercraft operators, who operate a vessel in Michigan must have a boater education card (boating safety certificate). There are a few different ways to earn your boating safety certificate:

  • Get your Michigan boating safety certificate online in three steps:
    1. Take a boating safety class - there are a couple different options available:
    2. Take and pass the final exam
    3. You can immediately print out your permanent Michigan boating safety certificate once you have successfully completed the course by passing the online course exam and paying the course fee.
       
  • The DNR offers an online database for further information on where classes may be held. Just go to the DNR’s Recreational Safety Education Class Database and you can select by class type (Marine) and by county in the drop down lists.
     
  • The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boating safety courses and the U.S. Power Squadron website provide instruction to boaters at all levels, from the fundamental to the advanced courses for experienced boaters. Some of these classes will give you the knowledge you need to obtain a boating safety certificate.

Although there are some people who do not need to obtain a boating safety certificate to legally operate a boat or personal watercraft, Michigan conservation officers and Michigan county sheriffs encourage all persons operating boats in Michigan to enroll in a course.