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  • Welcome to the Boater Education Section
    OSMB rotating imagesALL Oregon Resident boaters need to carry a boater education card when operating powerboats (including personal watercraft or any motorized watercraft) greater than 10 hp.
Education Resources Mandatory Ed Program
NEW! Online Store is Now Open!

You can now submit your application for the Boater Education card, or order a replacement card online.
 Be ready to upload your course certificate, and pay the fee by credit card. Click here...

Educated Boaters are Safer Boaters 
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We're seeing the difference education makes in our boating accident statistics. The numbers are trending downward, which goes to show that educated boaters are safe boaters!
New "Water Wits" Education Program
​​Attention K-12 educators!  Our new education program "Water Wits", is now available FREE online!  This curriculum includes 12 complete lesson plans to raise awareness about aquatic safety, science, and stewardship issues. Click here..​

"​Let's Go Boating" Assistance Program
New Boaters in their PFDs! 
Attention all non-profit organizations! The Marine Board's new "Let's Go Boating" Assistance Program provides funds for new, unique or innovative programs that promote safe boating and increase youth involvement in recreational boating.
Refresh Your Boating Skills
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary flotillas throughout the country conduct a variety of courses to keep you knowledgeable and safe.


Boater education card
There are currently three options:

Classroom Course: Boating safety classroom courses are offered by several different organizations, including the Oregon State Marine Board, U.S. Power Squadron and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Community Colleges, law enforcement officials and other public safety officials will also offer courses. There are other courses offered by private providers that may also be allowed as long as the course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and by the Oregon State Marine Board.

Internet Course: Anyone with access to the Internet can take one of the approved online courses. To access approved courses, go to the Oregon State Marine Board website at www.boatoregon.com/BoatingEducation.

Equivalency Exam: This proctored exam is designed for the experienced boater who knows the rules and regulations for safe boating in Oregon waters. Not only does the experienced boater need to know about power boating, but will need basic knowledge about personal watercraft and sailboats. It is recommended that even experienced boaters request the publication, "Boat Oregon-A Course on Responsible Boating" and study it before scheduling an appointment to take the exam. Call the Marine Board for more information on test locations and times.