Marine Division - Boating Education

Bonner County Sheriff boating educationPurpose

All boaters, regardless of experience, are encouraged to take a boating safety class to learn about Idaho boating laws and pick up some boating safety tips. Many families take the course together so both adults and children can safely operate their boat. Some insurance companies even offer discount to those boat owners that successfully complete the “Boat Idaho” boat safety course. Check with your insurance agent to see if you are eligible.

Many organizations and government agencies offer education courses and training in proper boat operation. These include the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR), the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the U.S. Power Squadron, and Bonner County Sheriff's Office.
Visit for information on the Boat Idaho Course.

The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a Boat Idaho Course March 25th, May 20th and June 24th for the boating public wanting to learn basic boating laws and safety. The class begins at 9:00 am at the Marine Division boat house located at 4001 N. Boyer. The class is expected to last about six hours. The Boat Idaho Course is free to the public and is open to residents of any state. This course will teach you about boating safety and the requirements and equipment needed. Basic boating laws and the rules of the road with regard to navigation and boater courtesy will be instructed. Any questions, or for further information, or sign up for the course call 263-8417 ex 3125

FREE Boating Safety Classes

Online Education and Test Providers


Idaho Boat Course July 23rd 

Idaho Boat Course

Boater Exam
Boat U.S. Foundation


Boat-Ed Safety Matters Video Series
Boat U.S. Foundation How to Select and Fit a Life Jacket on a Child
Boat U.S. Boating Simulation Games
Coldwater Safety Training and Information
Boating Safety PSA #1- with Idaho's Hale Family
Boating Safety PSA #2 - with Captain Keith Colburn


Idaho Boating Handbook - Provided by Boat-Ed
Idaho Statutes - Idaho Safe Boating Act
Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Rules (IDAPA)
Sharpen your Skills - Boating Safety Practice Quiz
Free Online Paddling Course
Learn about Navigation Rules

For more information:

Sadie Kennel
Boating Program Specialist
Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
P.O. Box 83702
Boise, ID 83720-0065
Tel. ((208) 514-2417 email:

Boating Education Coordinator or Boating Law Administrator
Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
PO Box 83720 Boise ID 83720-0065 
Tel. ((208) 334-4199

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