You must be 12 years or older to operate a motorboat (or PWC) 10 horsepower or over in Kentucky. Boating Safety Education is required by anyone 12-17 years of age
A Kentucky Boater Education Certificate (or boating license) proves that you’ve obtained the knowledge you need to safely operate a motorized watercraft on Kentucky’s waterways. Boaters can get certified by taking the official BOATsmart! Kentucky Boating Safety Course and Test now.
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What Happens If It Takes Me Longer Than 3-Hours To Complete The BOATsmart! Course? Will I Need To Start Over?
The 3-hour timer is only a minimum requirement. You’re free to spend as much time as you need in the BOATsmart! Study Guide before taking the Final Test.
Will My Kentucky Boater Education Card Be Valid In Canada?
Understand the Rules and Regulations that govern America’s waterways
Equip your boat with the right equipment
Properly maintain your boat and its equipment
Share the waterways and operate your boat in a safe and responsible manner
Have confidence when navigating amongst other boat traffic during the day or night
Be able to recognize different marker buoys and navigate using them
Know how to respond in emergency situations
My 3-Hour Study Guide Timer Has Almost Finished Its Countdown, What Happens If I Run Out Of Time?
The 3-hour timer is only a minimum requirement. You’re free to spend as much time as you need in the BOATsmart! Kentucky Study Guide before taking the final test.
Why Can’t I Access The Next Lesson In My BOATsmart! Study Guide?
The BOATsmart! Course is timed to meet the 3-hour minimum time requirement estabished by NASBLA for online boating safety courses. You must complete the minimum time requirement on your current lesson page in order to move onto the next lesson, module quiz or the final exam. By the time you’ve read this FAQ and returned to your lesson, you should be good to go!
Do Commercial Boat Operators Need a Boater Education Card?
Any person who operates a motorized boat in the United States should participate in boater education. The BOATsmart! Safe Boating Course covers all aspects of safe boating and responsible boat operation on U.S. waterways. Boaters of any age and ability are encouraged to participate in the BOATsmart! certification program.
Do I Need a Driver’s License To Operate a Motorized Boat?
No – a driver’s license is not required to operate a watercraft in Kentucky. However, you may be required to carry a Boater Education Card on board at all times while operating a motorized boat, depending on your age and the horsepower of your boat’s motor.
Will My Kentucky Boating License Expire And Need To Be Renewed?
What Is The Penalty In Kentucky For Operating a Motorized Boat Without a Boater Education Card?
You will recieve a fine if you’re caught operating a boat in the state of Kentucky and you are required to have a boating license on board during operation. In Kentucky, officers often issue a ticket to the legal guardian of the minor who was caught boating without a boating license. The citation is for $50 + court costs. Avoid the fine, get certified with your BOATsmart! Boater Education Card today!
Will My BOATsmart! Boater Education Card Be Valid In Other States?
The BOATsmart! Boater Education Card is accepted in 40 states, which extend reciprocity. This means the issued boating safety certificate meets the National Standards established by NASBLA. This reciprocity applies to operators of motorized boats, but not in all states to operators of personal watercraft (PWC). Check the boating laws in the state you plan to visit prior to operating a boat or PWC there.
Do I Need To Complete The 3-Hour Online Kentucky BOATsmart! Course Before I Can Access The Final Test?
Yes. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) requires boaters to complete the full 3-hour online study guide in order to access the online version of the Boater Education Test. However, you don’t have to complete the entire Study Guide in one sitting. BOATsmart! will automatically track and save your progress. Once you’ve completed all modules and quizzes you’ll gain access to the Official Kentucky Test.
I Read The BOATsmart! Study Guide Lesson, Why Can’t I Access The Next Lesson?
In order to access to the next module lesson or the module quiz, you must complete the minimum time requirement on your current lesson page.
What If I Need To Retry The Official Boating Safety Test?
Where Can I Take The BOATsmart! Test To Obtain My Boater Education Card?
Take the state-approved Boating Test right here on this website. Click here to access BOATsmart!’s 3-hour, Online Course. Keep in mind, you must complete the BOATsmart! Course prior to accessing the Official Test. But there’s no rush, you don’t have to complete the entire Study Guide at in one sitting. BOATsmart! will automatically track and save your progress. Once you’ve completed the course you’ll be able to immediately access the test.
Do Visitors From Foreign Countries Need to Obtain a Kentucky Boater Education Card to Go Boating In Kentucky?
A Boater Education Card or Boating License, issued to a non-resident by their state or country will be accepted by Kentucky’s law enforcement so long as it is carried on board during boat operation.
Can My Boater Education Card Be Revoked or Suspended?
Yes. In some states, if you are convicted of operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, your boat operating privileges and Boater Education Card will be suspended for a period of time, as determined by the state.
What Do I Do If I Lose or Destroy My Kentucky Boater Education Card?
If your BOATsmart! Boater Education Card is missing or has been destroyed, you can easily purchase a Replacement Card from BOATsmart! for $9.95 per card. Give us a call and we will send you a new BOATsmart! Card in the mail. Toll free 1-877-655-7778.
Is the Kentucky Boater Education Card the Same Thing as a Kentucky Boating License?
Who Enforces Kentucky’s Boating Laws and Issues Fines?
Kentucky’s lakes and riverways are patrolled by law enforcement to keep the waters a safe place for you and your family to spend your time when boating and enjoying Kentucky’s vast waterways. Always comply with Kentucky’s boating law authorities – they’re out there to keep you safe! Play by the rules – make sure you have your Kentucky Boating License if you’re required to carry one when operating a motorized boat. If caught boating without one, you may recieve a fine. There are three boating law authorities in the state of Kentucky:
Kentucky has a Mandatory Boater Education requirement for boaters 12-17 years of age. If you’re in this age bracket and you’re operating a motorized boat powered by an engine of 10hp or greater, you’ll be required to take a Kentucky Boating Safety Course and Official Boating Safety Test that has been approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). By completing and passing the BOATsmart! Kentucky Boating Safety Course, you’ll meet the boater education requirements for the state.
How Do I Prepare For the Kentucky Boater Safety Test?
Prepare for the official test with BOATsmart!’s Kentucky Boating Course which includes animated, narrated and brilliantly illustrated lessons, perfect for all ages.
BOATsmart! is an official NASBLA Approved Boating Safety Course Provider. We educate and certify boaters in the U.S. and in Canada for their Boater Education Card or Boating License. Just like you, we’re boaters, and our mission is to empower you to boat with confidence.
Who Needs A Boating License in Kentucky?
If you operate a motorized boat powered by an engine of 10hp or greater and you’re between the ages of 12-17, the state of Kentucky requires you to obtain and carry a Kentucky Boating License on the boat at all times during boat operation. Once obtained, your BOATsmart! Card is good for life and will keep you legal when boating in 40 different states.
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More than 40 U.S. States have mandatory education and boat license requirements for operating motorized boats and PWCs. Each BOATsmart! State Approved Boating Safety Course and Boating License Test has been developed and approved in partnership with state agencies responsible for boating education in that state.