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The following are requirements for boat operators on Georgia waters.

  • Persons less than 12 years of age:
    • May not legally operate any vessel 16 feet in length or longer.
    • May legally operate a vessel less than 16 feet long and powered by a motor of 30 horsepower or less only if they are accompanied by a competent adult.
    • May legally operate any non-motorized Class A vessel.
  • Persons 12 through 15 years of age:
    • May not legally operate any vessel 16 feet in length or longer.
    • May operate a vessel less than 16 feet long if they:
      • Have passed a boating education course approved by the DNR or…
      • Are accompanied by a competent adult.
    • Persons 16 years of age or older may operate any boat on the Georgia state waters if he or she has proper identification on board.
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