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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 personal watercraft (PWC) or a vessel less than 16 feet long if he or she:
    • Has passed a boating education course approved by DNR or…
    • Is 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.

Mandatory Education Requirement

Any person born after January 1, 1998, must have completed a boating education course approved by the DNR before he or she may legally operate a motorized vessel on Georgia state waters.

A person is exempt from the mandatory education requirement if he or she:

  • Is licensed by the USCG as a master of a vessel or…
  • Operates on a private lake or pond or…
  • Is a non-resident who has proof that he or she has completed a NASBLA–approved boating education course or equivalency examination in another state.