Boater Study Guide

At®, we're happy to provide a free online study guide to help you prepare for your required classroom-based boating safety course. This online study guide is not a substitute for the 8-hour class required to obtain certification.® is a delegated provider for the Massachusetts Environmental Police.

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Visual Exam Questions Help You Learn

We found out a long time ago that people learn best when they can see what they're learning. Shouldn't you be tested the same way? Every one of our exam questions is illustrated to help you during your course.

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Hundreds of Engaging Videos

Our Massachusetts boating course features hundreds of rich engaging boating videos and animations. That means you aren't just reading: You're watching, listening and learning.

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This official Massachusetts boating safety course is approved by the Massachusetts Environmental Police.

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FAQs about getting a Massachusetts Boating License

Below are some common questions about safe boating rules & regulations.


How much does the boat safety course cost?


The Massachusetts Boater Safety Course is free. Use the free study guide to prepare you for an approved boating safety education class.


Do I need to provide a payment method to review the Massachusetts Boater Safety Course study guide?


You do not need to provide a payment method to review the Massachusetts Boater Safety Course study guide material.


Will I receive proof of completing the Massachusetts Boater Safety Course study guide?


There is no completion document for this study material. You must find an approved boating safety education course to obtain the Massachusetts Boater Safety Certificate.


What is the Massachusetts Boater Safety Certificate?


Massachusetts Boater Safety Certificate (also known as the Massachusetts boating license or boaters license) is proof that you have met the mandatory boat safety education requirements for the State of Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Boater Safety Certificate is good for life and does not need to be renewed.


I do not have a driver's license. Can I still get the Massachusetts boater license?


Yes. You are not required to have a state driver's license in order to obtain a Boater Safety Certificate.


How can I get my Massachusetts boating license?


You must successfully complete a state-approved boating safety education course. Visit the State of Massachusetts website to find a course.


How long is the Massachusetts Boater Safety Certificate good for?


The Massachusetts Boater Safety Certificate is good for life.


Is anyone exempt from obtaining the Massachusetts boating license?


Check out the Massachusetts Boating Laws page to see if there are any exemptions from the boat safety education requirement.


How long will it take to complete the course?


Typically it takes about 3 hours to go through the online course material.


Is there a final exam?


There is no final exam. After successfully passing the end-of-chapter quizzes, you will have completed the online course study guide.


What do I need to pass the online course quizzes?


You need a grade of 80% on each end-of-chapter quiz to move on to the next chapter.
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