California Boaters Card

The California Boater Card shows that its holder has successfully taken and passed a NASBLA/state-approved boater safety education examination. In 2018, the California Boater Card program will be phased-in by age for operators of motorized boats on state waterways.

  • January 1, 2018 – Persons 20 years of age or younger
  • January 1, 2019 – Persons 25 years of age or younger
  • January 1, 2020 – Persons 35 years of age or younger
  • January 1, 2021 – Persons 40 years of age or younger
  • January 1, 2022 – Persons 45 years of age or younger
  • January 1, 2023 – Persons 50 years of age or younger
  • January 1, 2024 – Persons 60 years of age or younger
  • January 1, 2025 – All persons regardless of age

 

The following boating safety courses are approved by the State of California and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. Click links for more information.

Ace Boater

  • Name of course: Safe Boating Course
  • Course Type: Online
  • Course Cost: $24.95
  • Customer Service: 1.800.607.2329
  • Certified through 2017

Boat Ed

  • Name of course: Boat California Course
  • Course Type: Online
  • Course Cost: $29.50
  • Customer Service: 1.800.830.2268
  • Certified through 2018

Boater Exam America

BOATsmart!

  • Name of course: BOATsmart! Boating Course
  • Course Type: Online
  • Course Cost: $29.95
  • Customer Service: 1.705.745.2878
  • Certified through 2018

Boat Tests 101

  • Name of course: California Boater Education
  • Course Type: Online
  • Course Cost: $29.00
  • Customer Service: 1.888.885.8830
  • Certified through 2017

BoatU.S. Foundation

California Division of Boating and Waterways

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

  • Name of course: About Boating Safely
  • Course Type: Classroom
  • Course Cost: Varies
  • Customer Service: 1.877.875.6296
  • Certified through 2019
  • Name of course: Boating Skills and Seamanship
  • Course Type: Classroom
  • Course Cost: Varies
  • Customer Service: 1.877.875.6296
  • Certified through 2019

U.S. Power Squadrons

  • Name of course: America’s Boating Course
  • Course Type: Classroom/Online
  • Course Cost: Varies
  • Customer Service: 1.888.367.8777
  • Certified through 2018

US Sailing/US Powerboating

  • Name of course: Basic Powerboat Cruising
  • Course Type: Classroom/On-the-water
  • Course Cost: Varies
  • Customer Service 1.401.683.0800
  • Certified through 2019
  • Name of course: Safe Powerboat Handling
  • Course Type: Classroom/On-the-water
  • Course Cost: Varies
  • Customer service: 1.401.683.0800
  • Certified through 2019