Boating and Water Safety Education
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).
- Online Course
Upon completion of the online course and test students can print a temporary certification card. A permanent card will be mailed within 30 days.
- Home Study Course
Order a free Boat North Dakota course. Write North Dakota Game and Fish Department, 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501-5095; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 701-328-6300. A boater education card will be mailed within 10 days of passing the course.
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.
Download the Kids Don't Float brochure (1.4Mb PDF).
Paddle Sports Safety Course
Paddle sports such as stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing are increasing in popularity in North Dakota. The Department encourages anyone getting into these on-the-water activities to take this FREE online paddle sports safety course.
The course is a fun way to learn everything from “cockpit to keel” via colorful, accurate illustrations. If it’s got a paddle, it’s in this course. Sign up for free here.
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.