Friday, March 6, 2020

Get Certified and Ready for the Season!

Soon the Lake will be bustling with spring and summer activity! BomBay Boat Rentals offers the best boat and jet ski rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we can’t wait for each of our locations to open soon. Get ready for the season and boating with BomBay by getting your Missouri Boaters Certification. Today we are talking about how easy it is to get your certification for a safer, more worry-free day on the Lake. Read on to learn how!

Do I Need to be Certified?

If you were born after January 1st, 1984, then you will need to get your Missouri Boating Certificate before you operate a boat or personal watercraft (PWC) at the Lake of the Ozarks. (Note: Out of state licenses are honored by the state of Missouri.)

If you were born before January 1st, 1984, you do not legally need a Missouri Boating Certificate to operate a boat, but the class could still be a very helpful tool for you while you’re out on the water. The Lake of the Ozarks is the #1 recreation lake in the United States, so it is a very popular destination with a lot of boat traffic during the season. Taking the class and getting your certification could teach you the laws of the water and help you stay safer.

How Long Does Certification Last?

Once you have gone through the class and passed the test, you will receive your Boater Education Card that lasts for life. You don’t have to retake the exam over and over once you are certified.

What to Know About the Exam

You can take an in-seat class if you prefer to learn in-person, and a written test will be administered at the end of the class. However, there is also a very convenient online option that can be found at

The course itself is only $41.50 (remember, it’s for life!). This gives you access to the course and several other resources to help you be successful, including a study guide for the exam. You will not have to make the payment until you have passed the exam. You will also get two chances to take the exam and pass.

How Long Until My Card Arrives?

The official Missouri Boating Certification Card will be mailed to the address you provided during the Boating Education Course and examination. It takes about 45 days for the card to arrive via mail, so a temporary operating permit can be printed in the meantime. This will allow you to enjoy the open waters while you wait for the official card to arrive.

Boating with BomBay

BomBay Boat Rental does not require a Missouri Boating Certification to rent a boat. However, you could receive hefty fines from the State of Missouri if you were born after January 1st, 1984 and do not have one.

If you get here and want to rent a boat at the Lake of the Ozarks, but forgot to get your license, there is one more option. Each of our locations offers a one-time, temporary 7-day certificate for just $9. Keep in mind that this is temporary and you can only go this route once. The Boating Education Course can help you feel more confident out on the water so you have a more relaxed vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Soon our locations will be opening and ready to go for the beautiful spring and summer seasons at the Lake. We have the best rental boats at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we can’t wait to share them with you in the 2020 season!


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