Thursday, June 7, 2018

Obtain Your Boating Certification in 3 Easy Steps!

The best boat rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks are a great way to truly enjoy the "lake experience." Everyone that visits our incredible area for vacation, and even all of the lucky people that live here year-round, should visit BomBay Boat Rental Company and take out one of our amazing boats or jet ski rentals. However, if you were born after January 1, 1984  you should obtain your Missouri Boating Certificate before getting out on the water.

Before you get behind the wheel, you will need to obtain your Boater Education Card. It's not hard to get and can be done online. Once you earn it, it is yours for life. An approved boater safety course is required for anyone over the age of 14 that will be operating any vessel on the lakes of Missouri. Under the age of 14, a person may only operate a motorboat or PWC if they are under the direct, onboard supervision of someone 16 years of age or older. There is no minimum age for taking the test though, so children under the age of 14 are welcome to go ahead and earn their own card. Follow these three easy steps below to get your Missouri Boaters Certificate!

1)  Study and Pass the Missouri Boaters Course 

All you need to do is go to to take the course. This site provides great resources for success, including a study guide! The cost to take the course is $24.50 and an additional $17 state fee. You will have two exam attempts, and you don't have to pay until you pass the exam. 

2) Print Your Temporary Certification  

Once you pass the exam, you will be all set to rent a boat at the best boat rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks! You can print a temporary operating permit that will allow you to get on the water immediately. Your official lifetime Boating Certification Card will come in the mail in about 45 days. 

3) Go Boating!

Now that you have passed your exam and you have your tempory printed certification, you are ready to get out and rent a boat from BomBay Boat Rental Company! The best news is your card is good for a lifetime, allowing you to enjoy any Missouri waterway forever! This is perfect for enjoying the Lake of the Ozarks all Summer long. 

Even though it may be a pain to obtain your lifetime Missouri Boating Certification, both the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Water Patrol Divison and BomBay Boat Rental Company only have your safety in mind. Once you complete the course, you should know everything you need to stay safe out on the water. Plus, having the Boater Education Card is the law. We will still allow you to rent a watercraft without your certification but anyone operating a boat or PWC without it could be fined.  You've still got time to complete the course just in time for the Summer season! So get online and take your test today if you have yet to do so. 

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