Arizona Boating Laws and Regulations

Age and Operator Restrictions

No one under the age of 12 may operate a vessel with a motor greater than 8 horsepower (which includes PWCs) unless:

  • An emergency exists or…
  • The child’s parent or legal guardian is on board or…
  • Another person at least 18 years of age is on board.

Enforcement

Arizona law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the laws and guidelines.

Carry the Card: Vessel operators who are required to have a Boater Education Card must carry the card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by an enforcement officer.

Penalty: Not carrying your Boater Education Card when one is required can result in a fine.

Reciprocity

For visiting boaters, all states, territories, and provinces will recognize boating education cards that meet NASBLA requirements and Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Cards that meet Transport Canada’s requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

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