Who May Operate a Motorized Vessel
Persons born after January 1, 1984, may not operate a motorboat or personal watercraft (PWC) powered by a motor in excess of 10 horsepower unless he or she has successfully completed a boating safety course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).
- These persons must be in possession of evidence of completion of the approved course whenever operating such a vessel.
- It is illegal for anyone under the age of 16 years to operate a PWC.
- It is also unlawful for a person who owns or has charge of a PWC to knowingly permit a person under the age of 16 years to operate the PWC. It is illegal for a rental company to rent a PWC to anyone under 16 years of age.