When in Washington State, expect to be surrounded by stunning natural beauty and crystal-clear waters. Here, there really is something for everybody, so we’ve picked our top hot spots for every kind of boater…
The 3-hour timer is only a minimum requirement. You’re free to spend as much time as you need in the BOATsmart! Washington Study Guide before taking the final Washington Boater Safety Test.
The BOATsmart! Boater Safety Course includes all of the knowledge required to pass the Official Boating Safety Test and obtain your Washington 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 only boaters required to WEAR their life jackets in Washington are:
- •Any boaters 12 years of age or younger who are on boats greater than 19 feet in length.
- •PWC operators and passengers.
- •Passengers being towed (i.e. water-skiers).
We believe any person who operates a motorized boat in the United States, including commercial boat operators, should participate in Boater Education and take a course. 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.
No. Washington state does not require boaters to have a driver’s license. Only a Boater Education Card is required.
Nope! Your Washington BOATsmart! Card will be good for life.