Thursday, December 10, 2015

Obtaining Your Boater's Safety Education Certificate

Safety is the most important aspect of boating for you and your family. Getting your Missouri boaters safety license is an important step to take before hitting the Lake this spring. The #1 boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks recommends brushing up on boater's safety tips even if you aren't required to obtain a license. You can never be too safe - especially after investing in a brand new boat! Here are some things you can do to study for your Missouri boater's safety exam!

Who needs a Boater's Safety Certification?

The Missouri Water Patrol Requires everyone who is born after January 1st, 1984 to obtain a Certification for Boater Safety before they can safely operate a watercraft in Missouri. However, it is highly encouraged for everyone to study and take the course so that all boaters are as safe as possible on the water.

What's in the Course?

The boater's safety course covers many aspects of safe watercraft travel and entertainment, from checking your vessel for any maintenance problems to understanding the right-of-way passage for other boats. There are 6 total units of study. We've compiled a list below that briefly details each field:

1. Before Getting Underway

 This chapter is all about getting to know your boat, including an overview of boats, types of engines, fueling the watercraft, knot tying, and maintenance.

2. Getting Out on the Water 

In this section, you'll learn how to put the boat in the water. You'll also become familiar with slipping off the trailer, navigation in day/nighttime conditions using sight/sound signals, and navigation rules. 

3. Navigation & Safe Operation 

Understanding how to safely navigate the waterways is this chapters focus. It covers anchoring, navigation systems, changing water levels, ignition safety, and avoiding jet stream/propeller strike injuries.

4. Missouri's Legal Requirements of Boating 

Missouri has its own laws governing the waterways. This chapter covers boating identification, who can operate the vessel, unlawful operation, and rules regarding personal flotation devices/safety concerns.

5. Boating Emergencies

This chapter summarizes proper risk management, rescue techniques, avoiding collisions, running aground, Injuries, and summoning help. 

6. Enjoying Water Sports

Finally, the study guide will cover the responsibilities of the boat operator, fishing, hunting, skiing, tubing, and paddle craft operation.

Taking the Test

As you study each chapter, you'll have the opportunity to take quizzes to make sure you have the information down before moving on to the next chapter. It may seem slow moving and take some time to finish, but the information can save your boat and even your life! After you finish studying and are ready to take the test, make sure you have plenty of time -  you only have 2 chances to take the final. The test is long, usually taking around 3 hours to complete. If you fail the second time, you must take the entire course over again.


The good news is that until you pass the course it is entirely free. Once passed, you pay $24.50 for the course fee, and you are given immediate access to a temporary certification card. If you want a permanent card to keep on your person, there is an additional $17.00 state fee. The boaters safety education certificate is good for life, so if you lose your card, no worries, just visit the State Water Patrol's website and fill out the online form.

Iguana Wants Everyone to be Safe at the Lake of the Ozarks!

We love our customers and their safety is our top priority. The best marine dealership in Lake of the Ozarks has seen marked improvement in the capabilities of individuals who take the boaters safety exam. We want to make sure that when you purchase a boat from us, you can enjoy it years from now - that means practicing safer boating, and learning the rules of the water. 

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