Privacy Policy

BoatUS is committed to protecting your privacy when you visit our website. We want you to know what information is collected, how we use that information, and how you can update it. BoatUS reserves the right to append or otherwise modify this privacy statement at any time, so please re-visit this page occasionally to check for updates.

BoatUS collects various types of information from our visitors so we can adjust our site to meet our users' needs and expectations. Some of this information is collected automatically through cookies and other information is collected when you register for any of our online services.

Information Collected Automatically

The types of information your browser or Internet session automatically sends us each time you visit our site, which we automatically collect, include:

  • Your browser, e.g., Internet Explorer® or Firefox®
  • Your Internet domain, e.g., AOL®, EarthLink®, etc.
  • You computer's operating system, e.g., Windows®, Macintosh®, UNIX®, Linux®
  • Your navigation path, i.e., the URLs of where you come to our site from, which of our pages you visit, and where you go as you leave
  • Your IP address

This information lets us see how users are finding our site and tells us which pages are visited the most often so we can make our website more useful.

Information You Provide to Us

In addition to information automatically collected by your browser, BoatUS also collects information that you provide when you register for our online course.

You are free to browse the course, take the quizzes and/or Final Exam without identifying yourself. But if you wish to receive a certificate of completion, we will ask you to supply certain personal information, including your name, birthday, sex, hair color, eye color, height, weight, gender, telephone number, street address, county of residence and e-mail address. This information is required by the state agencies responsible for boating to issue your boating safety certificate.

How We Use This Information

BoatUS will never sell, rent, lend or otherwise divulge the personal information you supply to us and it will not be disclosed outside of BoatUS, except as requested by the agency in your state that is responsible for boating. Your credit card information will be used only for processing your fee(s) related to certificate delivery and/or state mandated certificate fees.

Our web site may contain links to other sites. When you click on these links your are leaving the BoatUS site and going to another website. BoatUS is not responsible or liable for the content of such Web sites or their collection and use of your personal information. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these other sites may become public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information.

Your Rights, Our Obligations

BoatUS does not sell or rent any personal data submitted by visitors to our site to any third parties. The company respects the privacy of users visiting our site and will abide by all applicable laws concerning the release of personal information. If you opt-in to our email list, we may, on occasion, use certain directory information that we have collected to send you information about products and services, or updates and other information we think may be of interest to you. If you tell us that you do not wish to have this information used as a basis for further contact with you, we will respect your wishes.

Other than directory information, data you provide to us as you use the BoatUS website will be held in strict confidence by the company and will be used for company purposes only. The individual information you provide within the BoatUS website will be known only to you and BoatUS. We will not share your personal data with anyone else, except as may be required by law.

With whom information is shared

We do not share, sell or otherwise distribute information about individual users taking the online boating safety exam with any third party, or any outside companies or organizations except the agency in your state that is responsible for boating.

Our Security Measures

BoatUS websites have security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. We utilize industry standard SSL encryption when accepting your credit card information during the online ordering process, as well as whenever we ask you to log in to any of the BoatUS online websites. Credit card processing is handled securely through PayPal’s 128-bit SSL encrypted merchant services providing industry-leading security for our users.

Children’s online privacy

BoatUS encourages parents and guardians to spend time with their children online, and to be familiar with the sites their children visit. BoatUS fully complies with the Federal Trade Commission's COPPA Act - Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and follows state guidelines for compliance for each state boater education course we offer.

Parental access: Parents or legal guardians of any students may contact our BoatUS at regarding any personal information or the privacy policy. They may also contact BoatUS to access, add or remove personally identifiable information that BoatUS has collected online from the child – subject to verification of the relationship with the child.

Please include your e-mail address and telephone number where we can reach you. BoatUS takes steps to verify the identity of anyone requesting information about a child and to ensure that the person is in fact the child’s parent or legal guardian.

Contacting BoatUS

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site you can contact us at:

BoatUS Foundation
Attn: Amanda Perez
147 Old Solomons Island Rd
Suite 513
Annapolis, MD 21409
Telephone: 703-461-2878 ext. 8352

Legal Disclosure may disclose your information as permitted or required to by law; for example:

  • to a government institution or other person or entity that has asserted its lawful authority to obtain the information;
  • where we have reasonable grounds to believe the information could be useful in the investigation of unlawful activity;
  • to comply with a subpoena or warrant or an order made by a court, person or entity with jurisdiction to compel the production of information;
  • to comply with court rules regarding the production of records and information; and
  • to our legal counsel.

Updated February 26, 2019 (address update)