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You are looking at a preview of what’s in the timed Pennsylvania Boat Ed Course. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificate.

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The following restrictions apply to the operation of boats propelled by an internal combustion motor on Pennsylvania’s public waters.

  • A person 11 years of age or younger may not operate legally a boat powered by a motor greater than 25 horsepower (hp) under any conditions.
  • Persons born on or after January 1, 1982, may not operate boats powered by a motor greater than 25 hp unless they have in their possession a Boating Safety Education Certificate.
  • There are no age restrictions on operation of boats with motors of 25 hp or less.
  • Residents of other states who were born on or after January 1, 1982, and operate on Pennsylvania waters for 60 days or less are exempt if they hold a boating safety certificate issued by their home state.
Boating Safety Education Certificate

Boating Safety Education Certificate
Operators who are required to have a Boating Safety Education Certificate must carry it on board the vessel.