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Teenager being instructed in how to operate a boat

The law also establishes special requirements for younger boaters.

Those less than 12 years of age:

  • May not legally operate any size powerboat.

Those 12 to 15 years of age:

  • May legally operate a vessel powered by a motor of 10 hp or less alone only if he/she has received his/her Boater Education Card and is carrying it on board.
  • May legally operate a vessel powered by a motor of greater than 10 hp only if he/she:
    • Has received his/her Boater Education Card and …
    • Is accompanied on board and is under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian, or responsible person 16 years old or older who possesses a valid Boater Education Card. If the vessel is a personal watercraft, the supervising person must be at least 18 years old and possess a valid Boater Education Card.