What are the Age Restrictions for a Boat & Personal Watercraft

Here you go guys, take it slow there is a bunch of rules here.

Individuals that are 10 and 11 years old can operate a boat solo with their certificate if the motor is less than 10 horsepower. If a boat has a motor of greater than 10 horsepower then individuals that are 10 or 11 years old, and have their certificate, can operate the boat under the supervision of someone 18 or older who has had their certificate for at least two years.

Individuals 12 years and older can solo on a boat.

You must be 12 years old to be an observer, not an operator, while towing a skier or inflatable rider.

You must be 16 years old to operate a boat towing a skier or inflatable rider.

Finally, you can teach a youngster up to 15 years old how to operate a boat and no certificate is necessary but once the individual reaches 16 years old, they must have a certificate.

No age limits to ski or ride an inflatable but proceed with caution! Be safe!

You must be 16 years old to solo on a PWC (jet skis, wave-runners etc.)

Remember, you can get this license at 10 years old so anyone from 10 to 15 may operate the PWC but must have someone on board with them 18 or older who has their PWC license.

There is no age limit for Passengers on a PWC however they must be able to plant their feet on the runners (deck), hold on, and ride behind the operator. Again proceed with caution! Be safe!

Tags:

Boating License

Jet Ski

Jet Ski License

Personal Watercraft

Boating Course

Boat License