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

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  • Persons 16 years of age or older may operate any boat or PWC without restrictions.
  • Persons younger than 16 years of age may operate:
    • A boat or PWC powered by less than 15 horsepower without restrictions.
    • A boat or PWC powered by 15 horsepower or more only if:
      • They are accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old who is not under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs or ...
      • They have passed a boating safety course approved by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
  • It is unlawful for a person to cause or allow a child over whom they have permanent or temporary responsibility to operate a boat or PWC illegally.