The Michigan Department of Natural Resources now offers boater safety as interactive online courses, giving students an enhanced experience that exposes them to real-life boating scenarios.
Boater safety students who opt for the interactive program will follow a storyline adventure that places them in real-life boating scenarios. Approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the ilearntoboat program allows students to navigate the curriculum at their own pace and complete the required assessments, including a final exam.
Boaters born after June 30, 1996, and most personal watercraft operators who operate a vessel in Michigan must have a boating safety certificate.
The Michigan DNR recreational safety certificate is also valid in other states, which often require an approved boater safety certificate to rent a boat or personal watercraft (such as a JetSki).
Upcoming in-person boater safety events
Boating safety classes