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It's the Law

Who May Operate a Vessel


Arizona law states that it is illegal for a person under the age of 12 to operate a vessel with a motor greater than 8 horsepower (which includes personal watercraft or PWC) 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.

Arizona's Top 10 Boating Violations

  1. No fire extinguisher
  2. No throwable flotation device
  3. Bow or transom riding
  4. Excess speed in a no wake zone
  5. Insufficient PFDs
  6. Failure to remove plug (Aquatic Invasive Species)
  7. Child not wearing a PFD
  8. Operating while impaired
  9. Expired registration
  10. Navigation rule violation