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Persons of any age may operate a vessel in Nevada, as long as they meet the following requirements.

  • A person renting a vessel in Nevada must meet their state of residence boating education requirements. Every operator of a rental vessel is required to receive a safety briefing before operating the vessel.
  • All persons who operate vessels powered by a motor over 15 horsepower on interstate waters and who were born on or after January 1, 1983, must take and pass a boater education course or proficiency exam. The course or exam must be one that is approved by NDOW.
  • A person operating a personal watercraft (PWC) must be at least 14 years of age.
  • A person operating a vessel that is towing a person on water skis, a surfboard, or any other device must be:
    • At least 16 years of age or…
    • At least 14 years of age and have on board a person at least 18 years of age in a position to supervise the operator.
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