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It's the Law

Personal watercraft (PWC) operators must obey additional legal requirements that apply specifically to the operation of PWC on Georgia waters.

Who May Operate a PWC

Persons less than 12 years of age may not legally operate a PWC.

Persons 12 to 15 years of age may legally operate a PWC only if they:

  • Have passed a boating safety course approved by the Department of Natural Resources or…
  • Are accompanied by a competent adult.

Persons 16 years of age or older may operate a PWC on the waters of Georgia if he or she has proper identification on board.

Beginning on July 1, 2014, any person born after January 1, 1998, and operating a PWC on Georgia waters must meet:

“Competent adult” means a person of age 18 or older who is not under the influence of alcohol or drugs and who is carrying proper identification.

“Proper identification” means a driver’s license (or legible copy) or any other government-issued identification that contains a description of the person, a photograph, and date of birth.