|Missouri Boating Courses
Safety Education Requirements
Age and Education Requirements
No one under 14 is permitted to operate a motorboat or Personal Water Craft (PWC) unless he or she is under the direct, onboard supervision of a parent, guardian or a boating safety card holder who is at least 16 years old.
In Missouri, no one born after January 1, 1984 is permitted to operate a water vessel or PWC on state waters before successfully completing a boater education course. Upon successful course completion, a Boating Safety Card is issued and must be carried along with a photo ID while operating a motorboat . (An official stamp on your driver's license is optional in lieu of a boater's card. See below for details).
The Boating Education Requirement is Waived for:
We strongly advise all boaters of all ages to take boating safety courses throughout their years of boating.
You can find many boaters’ education classes online. It's important that the course you choose meets the minimum standards set by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).
Six to 13 lessons / units comprise most of the online boating courses. At the end of each lesson, a quiz is given. You must pass the quiz with a minimum score of 70% before going to the next unit.
As a boat operator you have a responsibility to keep up-to-date with new boating laws and safety information. In addition to knowing the changes in Missouri, you must also be aware of the rules in the states where you plan on boating.
A data base of all courses approved by NASBLA can be found here.