NEW MEXICO BOATER EDUCATION
Mandatory Age and Education Requirements
for a Boater Education ID Card
Operators may take their boater education course by registering for any one course from these five course options (first two are formal classroom settings)
If you pass the class closed book test with a minimum of 80%, you will be issued both a certificate of completion and a wallet card within 45 days. Many insurance companies will recognize the classroom courses only for boat insurance discount purposes of about 5 to 15%.
The issued Boater Education Card is honored in just about every state in the country unless you move to another state that does not have an education reciprocity agreement with New Mexico. When you move it is your responsibility to check the law in your new state.
NM State Parks Formal Boating Basics Courses.
Boat New Mexico
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary ABC Course
Computer Online Self Study Options
The online options below have been approved for the boater education card for New Mexico. These courses have New Mexico specific content covering laws and regulations unique to our state. Fees for the course and for any card varies.
Using unique and engaging learning tools, online courses will usually take from 5 to 8 hours to complete.
Register below for one of the New Mexico approved on line courses.
Boat Ed - Boat New Mexico
Boater Exam America Inc.
Boater Exam - New Mexico
Boat U.S. Foundation for Boating Safety
Boat US -New Mexico Boating Safety Course
Special Boat Education Courses
Paddlers need to know a thing or two as well. Free Course. www.BOATERexam.com | Paddle Safety Course
Confused about Navigation Rules? Take this free tutorial. http://www.boaterexam.com/navigationrules/
The New Mexico Sailing Club will not be holding special classes on sailing this year in Northern New Mexico for children and youth groups. The Heron Lake Marina is closed this year 2014 for the season. See the "Boating Waters" pages link under "Boating" found in the left column.
Summertime course in sailboat racing for youths in New Mexico High Schools is still being conducted by the West Mesa H.S. Junior ROTC program for 2014.
Contact our Division if your community would be interested in supporting a youth program for hands-on experiential boating called the "Spirit of America"
Boat Education Hint for the Month
Watersports will soon be on the mind of many going out on New Mexico waters. Buying the right equipment and knowing what to do are found by following the guidelines of the WSIA, the Water Sports Industry Association. Their guidebook provides you with rope specifications and guidelines, and driving instruction best practices for rider types, ages and abilities.
Some New Mexico special considerations are the proper use of a "Ski Flag", proper selection of an impact speed rated United States Coast Guard Approved Life Jacket, providing a 300 foot front, and side 150' minimum "safety corridor" for whoever is being towed, boat capacity must have seating on board for the person(s) being towed, the person being towed cannot be under the influence of any alcohol or drugs and must wear a life jacket approved for the sport.
You can request a replacement boater education card from the division if you have legally changed your name or had your boater education card lost, stolen or destroyed. To obtain the card you have to provide us with your boater education card number and an affidavit stating the circumstances which led to the loss or destruction or proof of a name change such as a court order or marriage license along with a replacement fee by cashiers check or money order of $10. As a side confirmation please provide both your hair color and eye color and DOB.
Other Specialized Boating Classes Not NM Approved or Certified but may be NASBLA Approved as for valuable content
Captain's Licensing - AKA 6-passenger license.