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It's the Law

Who May Operate a Vessel


A person under 12 years of age may not operate a motorboat propelled by machinery of more than 10 horsepower unless under the immediate supervision of a person in the motorboat who is at least 16 years of age.

To operate a personal watercraft, the following restrictions apply.

  • No one under 16 years of age may operate a personal watercraft.
  • Persons 16 and 17 years of age may operate a personal watercraft only if they:
    • Have successfully completed an approved safety education course and carry on board proof of age and course completion or …
    • Are accompanied on board by a person 18 years of age or older.