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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.

A Course for Safe Boating

About Boating Safety

  • Course Cost: please visit provider website
  • Offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Customer Service: 1.877.875.6296
  • Certified through 2019

America’s Boating Course

  • Course Cost: please visit provider website
  • Offered by U.S. Power Squadrons
  • Customer Service: 1.888.367.8777
  • Certified through 2015-2018

Boat California Course

  • Course Cost: please visit provider website
  • Offered by Boat Ed
  • Customer Service: 1.800.830.2268
  • Certified through 2015-2018

Basic Powerboat Cruising Course

  • Course Cost: please visit provider website
  • Offered by US Sailing/US Powerboating
  • Customer Service 1.401.683.0800
  • Certified through 2015-2019

Boating Safety Course

  • Course Cost: please visit provider website
  • Offered by Boat US
  • Customer Service: 1.410.897.0512
  • Certified through 2015-2016

*This course is not yet State approved for 2017. If you passed this course between January 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016, you are eligible for the grandfather exemption.

Boating Skills and Seamanship

  • Course Cost: please visit provider website
  • Offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Customer Service: 1.877.875.6296
  • Certified through 2019

BOATsmart! Boating Course

  • Course Cost: please visit provider website
  • Offered by BOATsmart!
  • Customer Service: 1.705.745.2878
  • Certified through 2015-2017

California Boater Education

  • Course Cost: please visit provider website
  • Offered by Boat Tests 101
  • Customer Service: 1.888.885.8830
  • Certified through 2015-2017

California Boater Education Course

  • Course Cost: please visit provider website
  • Offered by Boater Exam America
  • Customer Service: 1.866.688.2628
  • Certified through 2015-2018

Safe Boating Course

  • Course Cost: please visit provider website
  • Offered by Ace Boater
  • Customer Service: 1.800.607.2329
  • Certified through 2015-2017

Safe Powerboat Handling Course

  • Course Cost: please visit provider website
  • Offered by US Sailing/US Powerboating
  • Customer service: 1.401.683.0800
  • Certified through 2015-2019

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.