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May 18, 2011
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Many Virginia boaters required to take online boating safety course and boating test kicks off National Safe Boating Week with news about the Virginia boater education course

DALLAS — National Safe Boating Week, which begins May 21, is the perfect time to help make Virginia boating safer and more enjoyable. Become an educated, responsible boater by
completing the Boat Virginia safe boating course and practice what you learn. (,

Virginia has a mandatory boating education law. As of July 1, 2011, personal watercraft and motorboat operators 50 years of age or younger must have a boating safety education certificate. Although it's often called a boating license (or jet ski license), the certificate isn't like a driver's license—it's good for life and never has to be renewed.

At, boaters learn the official boat education content developed for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The course allows students to move quickly through short segments designed for bite-sized reading and quick comprehension. Learning is reinforced with interactive animations so students feel like they're on the water as they study casting off and docking, rescue techniques, the "Circle of Death," and other boaters safety course topics.

Best of all, the Boat Ed® online boating course includes more than an hour of streaming video with 45 exciting on the-water action sequences. One student said "The videos drove the point home or provided a review. This was way better than sitting in a classroom, and I liked the fact that you could do it in your own time!" 

Students study the fast-paced boating safety course online when it fits their schedule. The course fee includes the boat course and unit quizzes—there isn't a final online boating license test. No payment is required until after students pass. At that time, those who pass the unit quizzes can immediately print out a temporary certificate and get on the water right away. Successful students will receive their permanent boating education certificate (or boating license, as it's sometimes called) by mail.

Some people prefer to learn about boating safety as a family so Boat Ed also offers the official Boat Virginia video home-study course with mail-in boat license exam (

The recognized leader in boating safety, Boat Ed is the official and exclusive provider of print and Internet boating safety courses for 49 states, plus the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. For more information about boater's license or safety certification requirements, visit

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Kalkomey Enterprises, Inc. is the official provider of recreational safety education materials for all 50 states. Our print and Internet safety courses have been providing official safety certification for states since 1995. We provide safety courses in boating, hunting, bowhunting, and off-road vehicle (ORV) and snowmobile operation. For more information, visit the Kalkomey Enterprises website at

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