Skip to main content

Arkansas offers one-week discount for online boating course

Arkansas boaters can save big by taking the state’s safety course online.

Arkansas boaters can save big by taking the state’s safety course online.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is participating in a national Spring Aboard — Take a Boating Education Course campaign by offering state boaters a 50-percent discount if they take the program online.

“This is the perfect time to take a boating education course, instead of waiting until the last minute before a trip to the lake or river,” Alex Hinson, boating education coordinator for the AGFC, said in a statement to the Newton County Times. “And to help make sure people are exposed to boater education, we’ve been able to reduce the cost of the online version by 50 percent during the week of March 17-23.

In-person courses remain free, but for those who can’t make it during the scheduled times or just prefer to take the online version, the cost is $24,50. Anyone who registers for online boating education during the week of March 17 can enter the coupon code SpringAboard19 to get the discount. Boaters can visit to lean more.

Boating education is required for any Arkansas boater born on or after Jan. 1, 1986, to operate a motorized vessel. 


Minneapolis Boat Show Opens Tomorrow

Canceled last year, the show runs through Sunday at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

ASA Appoints Public Affairs Manager

John Chambers will help strengthen communications efforts and increase engagement in the newly created position with the American Sportfishing Association.

Soundings Trade Only Names Editor-in-Chief

Gary Reich takes the helm from Jeff Moser, who becomes editor-in-chief of sister magazine PassageMaker.

St. Petersburg Show Opens Thursday

The 44th edition combines with the Tampa Boat Show to create what organizers say is the largest show on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Pay To Play

When Covid restrictions were widespread, some MTAs found a new revenue stream by charging admission to previously free shows, and visitors had no problem ponying up.

Yamaha Expands F25 Line

The company added short-shaft power trim and tilt models, and two models with improved tiller handles.

MRAA Donates to Educational Foundation

The group reinvested $100,000 in donations it received to help the foundation’s effort to address workforce shortages.