Who May Operate a Vessel
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 the 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.