Tennessee is one of the nation's leading states offering recreational waterways, and most "Volunteer State" residents will at some time take advantage of this tremendous opportunity. To help keep your outing safe, enjoyable and "a day to remember" there are some things to consider before you go boating in Tennessee. - See more on the TWRA site.
Any Tennessee resident born after January 1, 1989 must show the TWRA-issued Boating Safety Education Certificate as proof of successful completion of the TWRA Boating Safety exam.
If there is an adult on board (at least 18 years old, and if born after January 1, 1989 possesses the certification) that can take immediate control of the vessel this certificate is not required.
If you were born after January 1, 1989, TWRA will accept any NASBLA approved boating safety certificate.