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The following operator age and boater education requirements apply to operation of vessels on Colorado’s public waters.

  • A person under 14 years of age may not operate any motorboat or personal watercraft (PWC) on Colorado’s public waters.
  • A person 14 or 15 years of age may operate a motorboat or PWC on Colorado’s public waters only if he or she:
    • Has passed a boating safety course approved by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and...
    • Has in his or her possession a Boating Safety Certificate issued by the boating safety course provider.
  • A person 16 years of age or older may operate a motorboat or PWC on Colorado’s public waters.
  • It is illegal to permit or knowingly allow a motorboat or PWC to be operated in violation of the age and boater education requirements above.
  • It is illegal for a vessel livery to rent or lease a motorboat or PWC to any person who does not meet the age and boater education requirements above.

Colorado Boating Safety Certificate
Operators required to have a Boating Safety Certificate must carry a wallet-sized certification card on board the vessel.
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