You will be required to complete a boating course and successfully pass a test at the conclusion of the course. You will need to know how a boat operates, how it needs to be cared for, and what the general boating rules are. The course will teach you boating safety as well as give you ways to “scope out” the weather for safe boating.
There are many places where you can obtain a boating license. Check with your local marina or department of recreation to get information on boating classes available. There are even places online where you can take a boating class designed to ultimately earn you your boating license.
The choice to take an online course versus a “real life” course is up to you. However, keep in mind that the best way to learn a new skill is to get out there and do it. The presence of water and other boats around you will make you a better boater. Plus, you can depend on your instructor to answer questions and offer you tips.
Responsible boating means obeying the laws of your state when it comes to getting a boating license. Many states will different in their requirements, so you’ll need to become familiar with your own state’s regulations. Once you have your boating license in hand, you can get out there and have fun! But remember to boat responsibly!