Chapter 4: The Legal Requirements of Boating
Who May Operate a Vessel
All persons who operate vessels powered by a motor over 15 horsepower
on interstate waters and who were born
on or after January 1, 1983, must take and pass a boater education course or proficiency exam. The course or
exam must be one that is approved by the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
A person operating a personal watercraft (PWC) must be at least
14 years of age.
A person operating a vessel that is towing a person on water skis,
a surfboard, or any other device must be:
- At least 16 years of age or …
- At least 14 years of age and have on board
a person at least 18 years of age in a position to supervise
Boating Safety Education Certificate