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Boater Education

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Who Needs a Boating Education Card?

Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1986, and of legal age to operate a motorboat or sailboat, must have successfully completed an approved AGFC Boating Education Course and carry proof while operating a motorboat or sailboat on Arkansas water.

  • You must be at least 12 years of age to operate a motorized vessel powered by an engine of 10 horsepower or more. And have taken and passed a NASBLA-approved Boater Education Course.
  • To operate a personal watercraft, a person must be 16 or older, be 12 to 15 years old and be under the direct supervision of a person at least 18 years old, or be under 12 and be under the direct supervision of a person at least 21 years old.

Boating Education Classes

Free Instructor-led Classes
The traditional method is an instructor-led class. These classes may be a couple of hours each night for three to four nights or a full-day Saturday class.

Boat Arkansas ($24.50 fee)
Boat Arkansas is the official online course of the AGFC. Study and take the test from the comfort of your own home. 

Lose Your Boater Education Card?

Replacement Boater Education cards are available for a small fee by calling 1-800-830-2268 or visiting

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