Boating cards available online

April 08, 2004

Kentuckians required to have a safe boating certificate before getting on the water now have another way to become certified through the internet.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources reminds boaters that those ages 12-17 must obtain a safe boating certificate before operating any watercraft over 10 horsepower by themselves.

From April through September, in each of the state's nine KDFWR law enforcement districts, a six-hour free boating certification course is offered twice a month.

Pre-registration is not necessary.

The Kentucky Boater Education course provides instruction on the safe operation of various watercraft and all boating laws.

A test is given at the conclusion of the course, and those that pass the test are issued a safe boating certificate.


The course completion card must be carried by 12- through 17 year-old boaters while operating watercraft alone on public waterways.

To increase course availability and opportunity to become certified, Kentucky boaters can now gain their safe boating certificate over the web, in lieu of attending an instructor-led course.

Boaters can go online, log on to and then click on Kentucky to get the required training and take the safe boater test. A direct link from the KDFWR Web site at will be available soon.

The online course matches the home study materials and the "live" course taught by KDFWR Wildlife and Boating officers.

The online course will cost the student $15 to take the Safe Boating Certification exam.

Students may study the material and take the practice tests as much as they like at no cost.

Study manuals are available from the KDFWR for either the online or instructor-led course.

Kentuckians may check Boater Education class availability on the KDFWR Web site.

Select the Boating tab from the homepage and then pull up the class schedule or certification requirement page.

Those without internet access may call the KDFWR information center at 800-858-1549 weekdays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for course times and locations in their region, or to request study materials.

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