|Arkansas Boating Courses
Safety Education Requirements
Age and Education Requirements
In Arkansas, no one born after January 1, 1986 is permitted to operate a water vessel or PWC without having passed Arkansas' mandatory boater safety education course.
A person under 12 years of age must satisfy the boating education requirement AND be under the direct supervision of someone at least 18 years old.
A person over 12 years of age must satisfy the boating education requirement if born on or after January 1, 1986.
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 Arkansas, 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.