Boating and Water Safety Education

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Boat North Dakota

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department offers the Boat North Dakota course for those who are new to boating or who wish to take a refresher. This course is required for youth ages 12-15 who want to operate by themselves a boat or personal watercraft with at least a 10 horsepower motor. There is no charge for the home-study course and your insurance company may offer a premium discount. The course is intended for anyone at least 11 1/2 years of age (Note: North Dakota law does not allow a youngster to operate a watercraft until age 12, therefore, a certification card will not be issued until the graduate is 12 years of age). 

  • Home Study Course - Free of Charge
    Order a free Boat North Dakota course. Write North Dakota Game and Fish Department, 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501-5095; email;  or call 701-328-6300. A boater education card will be mailed within 10 days of passing the course.
  • Online Course - Cost - See providers listed below for cost.
    The online Boat North Dakota course, unlike the home study version, is not free. Upon completion of the test and after providing a credit card number, students can print a temporary certification card. A permanent card will be mailed within 30 days.

Formal Boating Safety Classes

Game and Fish Department education personnel are available to assist organizations with formal boating safety classes. See contact information below.

  • Conservation and Communications Division administrative assistant: 701-328-6615.
  • Boat and Water Safety Coordinator, Bismarck - 701-328-6312.

Other Boating Safety Courses and Information

Kids Don't Float

Designed for youngsters ages 7-11, this course teaches safe boating practices, rules of the road, the dangers of hypothermia, and most important - how life jackets save lives. For more information about Kids Don't Float, contact:

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offices in these cities: Bismarck, 701-255-0015; Jamestown, 701-252-7666; Valley City, 701-845-2970; Fargo, 701-232-1984; and Riverdale, 701-654-7411.
  • North Dakota Game and Fish Department, 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501-5095 or call 701-328-6312.

Download the Kids Don't Float brochure (1.4Mb PDF).

Winter Ice Safety

Download the Safety on Ice brochure (440Kb PDF) - learn to tell good ice from bad, minimum thickness for various activities, and rescue techniques.