Courses information

The following boating safety courses are the only courses approved by the State of California and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. Successfully completing an exam from one of these courses meets the qualifications to apply for a California Boater Card.

Ace Boater

Boat Ed

Boater Exam America


Boat Tests 101

BoatU.S. Foundation

California Division of Boating and Waterways

  • A Course for Safe Boating
  • Customer Service: 1.888.362.2822
  • Certified through 2017

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

U.S. Power Squadrons

US Sailing/US Powerboating

The State of California does not grant reciprocity beyond 60 days for out-of-state boaters in possession of his/her state issued boater card. Please view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) for more details.