The BOATsmart! Course is timed to meet the 3-hour minimum time requirement established 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!
Yes! The BOATsmart! Card is accepted in 40 other states, which extend reciprocity to certified boaters. This law applies to operators of motorized boats (who have taken and passed a NASBLA approved boating safety course), but does not apply in all states to operators of personal watercraft (PWCs). Always check the boating laws in the state you plan to visit before operating a boat or PWC there.
Your BOATsmart! Card will never expire. But stay in touch after you pass the test – BOATsmart! offers free, online refresher lessons that will help you keep your boating skill and knowledge up to date as years pass and boating regulations change.
The only boaters required to WEAR their life jackets in the state of North Carolina are:
- •Children 13 years of age and under who are on any boat that is underway, unless they are in an enclosed cabin or below deck.
- •PWC operators and passengers (inflatable life jackets are not permitted in North Carolina for PWC passengers).
- •Passengers being towed by a boat or PWC (inflatable life jackets are not permitted in North Carolina towed sport participants).
The BOATsmart! North Carolina Course includes all of the knowledge required to pass the Official North Carolina Test and obtain your North Carolina Boater Education Card. When completing the online boating course you’ll learn everything you need to:
- Understand boating safety basics and terminology
- 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
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.