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What kind of requirements are there to drive a boat as far as age and courses?
Ranger First Class Jessica Spencer
All right. If you’re under the age of 12, you may not legally operate any boat that’s 16 feet in length or greater. If you’re between the ages of 12 and 15, you can operate a boat that’s less than 16 feet in length as long as you’re accompanied by a competent adult or you’ve passed a boating safety course, and this includes PWCs.
What are some of the other rules here?
If you were born after January 1, 1998, you have to have a boater education course regardless of your age or what boat you’re driving. You have to have it.
And once you hit 16, you’re good to go.
Once you hit 16, as long as you have your ID, you’re good to go. You can operate any boat.
OK. That makes a lot of sense. So—all right. So you come down, there’s a whole bunch of people on the docks—
If I come up, you know, it’s a bunch of jet skis, I would say, if you’re under the age of 12, you can’t operate a PWC at all. Not at all. If you’re over the age of 12, you have to have a boater education card or be accompanied by a competent adult. Which means, a competent adult is anyone that’s over 18 that’s not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.