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May 16, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Getting out on the water and learning what it takes to stay safe doesn’t have to cost a lot, and in some cases, doesn’t have to cost a thing. Here are two ways to save on Boater Education before heading out for a weekend of fun in the sun.

Take the online course between May 19 and May 26

Boat Ed, the vendor who provides the online version of Arkansas’s Boating Education Course, will be offering a special discount to anyone who completes the program from May 19-26 to help promote National Safe Boating Week.

Participants just need to enter NtnlSfBtngWk2018 in the discount code section when they pay their course fee at

Alex Hinson, Boating Education Coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says the discount will reduce the normal $24.50 price by 30 percent for people who sign up and complete their course during the promotional date.


Find a traditional in-person Boater Education course

Hinson says instructor-led classes still are offered throughout the state at no cost to the student, if they prefer to go that route. Class sites and times are available at

“We eliminated the need for the in-person exam for people who took the online test last August, but we understand that not everyone can afford to spend money on their certification, particularly larger families,” Hinson said. “The 6-hour instructor-led class is still very popular and a great way to be able to interact more with the instructor.

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. Visit for more information about Boating Education in Arkansas.