Boat Colorado: Boating Safely in Colorado
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Colorado Boating Safely Course
Anyone operating a motorboat, including a personal watercraft (PWC) or sailboat in Colorado must be at least 16 years old.
Individuals who are 14 and 15 and have successfully completed a state approved boating safely course can operate a motorized vessel in Colorado.
About the Class
The Boating Safely course is a combination of home study and classroom hours.
Students must read and study the 60 page manual prior to attending a review session with a boating instructor. To receive a manual, purchase it online here. If you are unable to purchase and use the electronic manual, please call 303-291-7575 or email [email protected] to request a physical manual.
The review session will run 2 to 3 hours, depending on class size. Students will take a written test at the end of the session and must pass with a score of at least 70% to receive a boater ID card.
Important Students must be a minimum of 14 years of age at the time of the class to attend a review session, and those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Do I need to bring anything?
All attendees must bring the following to be admitted to the review session:
- Proof of age - (birth certificate, school ID, driver's license showing date of birth)
- 1" x 1" front facing photo
- Registration for any class must be completed at least seven (7) days in advance
- No registrations will be taken after the seven day cut-off or if the class becomes full
In the event of a scheduling conflict or illness, students may request a move to another review session by calling 303-291-7575. We ask that you do this no later than 24 hours prior to the class.