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Ohio Boater Education Card

Ohio Boater Education Card

ORC 1547.05 states that a person operating a powercraft powered by more than 10 horsepower must have a certificate for successful completion of either a boating course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) or a proficiency examination approved by the Ohio Division of Watercraft. The only exceptions are:

  • Persons born before January 1, 1982 or …
  • A person who is:
    • Operating a recreational vessel and …
    • Possesses a valid merchant mariner credential issued by the U.S. Coast Guard with at least one endorsement of master or operator and …
    • Carries proof of the credential on board while operating the vessel.

ORC 1547.051 states that a person who is required to have the certificate as indicated above and is stopped by a law enforcement officer while operating a powercraft more than 10 horsepower, that person shall present to the law enforcement officer the certificate or proof of holding the certificate within 72 hours of being stopped.

ORC 1547.052 states that no rental business shall lease or rent a powercraft powered by more than 10 horsepower to a person born on or after January 1, 1982, unless:

  • The person signs a statement that they have completed an approved boating course or proficiency exam as indicated above or ...
  • The person receives educational materials from the rental business and passes an exam with a score of 90% or better. Achievement of the passing score will be indicated on or attached to the rental agreement.

ORC 1547.052 also states that any person born on or after January 1, 1982, who operates or supervises the operation of a leased or rented powercraft shall meet the requirements in the paragraph above and shall be named as an operator on the rental agreement.