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Adult and child on a PWC

There are age and boater education restrictions for operators of personal watercraft.

  • Persons under 12 years of age may operate a PWC only if accompanied on board by a responsible person who is at least 18 years old and experienced in operating a PWC.
  • Persons 12 years of age or older but younger than 18 may operate a PWC only if he or she has completed successfully an approved boater education course or is accompanied on board by a responsible person who is at least 18 years old and experienced in operating a PWC.