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