Online Courses

The courses listed below are certified providers for the State of Texas.*

Online boater education courses teach you necessary safety equipment, navigation rules, how to operate your boat and state laws for boating. We encourage everyone who plans to operate a motorboat, sailboat, paddle craft  or personal watercraft to take a course. Anyone born on or after September 1, 1993 who wishes to operate certain vessels on the public waterways of Texas must take a boater education course and keep a copy of their certification with them while operating a vessel. See Water Safety Act for details

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TPWD Online courses go  through a rigorous certification process. All approved courses must first be certified by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). NASBLA is a national organization made up of all State Boating Law Administrators. This body of professionals sets standards that all State Boater Education programs must adhere too. After an internet course provider meets the NASBLA Standards they must submit an application to TPWD and pass a review process.

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