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June 27, 2011	

Youth operators need the Minnesota online boating safety course and boating exam helps Minnesota boaters get safe, get certified.

DALLAS — With the Fourth of July holiday weekend around the corner, it's the perfect time to become an educated, responsible boater. Although people of all ages benefit from taking the Boat Minnesota online safe boating course, it is targeted to youth. Minnesota law requires those who are 12 to 17 years of age to have a watercraft operator's permit to operate certain types of watercraft without having an adult on board. (

With Boat Minnesota, students can earn their watercraft operator's permit online. Although it's often called a boating license (or jet ski license), the permit isn't like a driver's license—it's good for life and never has to be renewed.

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 boating safety course topics.

Students study the fast-paced boating safety course online when it fits their schedule—setting up a free account and logging in or out as they wish. The online boating test fee includes the boat course, unit quizzes, and the online boating license test. No payment is required until students pass the final boaters exam.

After passing the Minnesota certification exam (or boat license exam), students immediately print out a temporary certificate, which serves as a temporary operating permit for 30 days. Students receive their permanent Minnesota watercraft operator's permit by mail.

One student wrote: "This was a great class. I'm 13, and now I can operate our family jet ski alone if I have adult supervision. Great class overall."

As an added bonus, students who send a copy of their boating safety course certificate (or boating license, as it's sometimes called) to their insurance agency might be eligible for a discount on boat or personal watercraft insurance.

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. Boat Minnesota has been the official online boat education course of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources since 2004. For more information about boater license or safety certification requirements, visit

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