Keep Online Boating Safety Course Free

The BoatUS Foundation’s boating safety course is the only free online educational tool that helps boaters obtain their state’s boating safety education certification easily and affordably. To help keep the course free, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit is asking for tax-deductible donations to help educate the next generation of recreational boaters.

“We offer free online state boating courses to help reduce a barrier to boating and greatly increase your chance for a safe day on the water,” said Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner. “More than 1.2 million boaters have taken our courses, but we don’t want to rest on our laurels. To educate the next generation, we need to look ahead and seek out more investments in technology. We hope boaters will help us.”

To make a donation to the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, go to A gift to the Foundation may entitle a donor to a charitable contribution deduction against his or her income taxes. See your tax adviser for details.

The Foundation offers a range of free and low-cost courses for boaters of all experience levels, from new to advanced, at


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