Utah Boating Laws and Regulations

Passing this Boating license course will complete your online safety education for Utah.

Do you need Utah Boating education?

Utah

You need education if you are 12 to 17 years old and will be operating a PWC in Utah.

You must be at least 12 years old to take this online course.

You do not have to be a resident of Utah to take this online course.

Elsewhere

Boating education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

Age and Operator Restrictions

Boating safety education certificates are required of the following operators:

  • Persons 12 through 15 years of age may operate a PWC provided the operator has completed a boating education course approved by Utah State Parks, has in his or her possession the certificate issued by the course provider, and is under the direct supervision of a responsible person who is at least 18 years old.
  • Persons 16 through 17 years of age may operate a PWC provided the operator has completed a boating education course approved by Utah State Parks and has in his or her possession the certificate issued by the course provider.
  • Motorized boats and sailboats may be operated by a person under 16 years of age only if they are under the direct supervision of a responsible person who is at least 18 years old.

PWCs may be operated by a person 18 years old or older without education or supervision requirements.

Enforcement

Utah law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the laws and guidelines.

Carry the Card: Vessel operators who are required to have a Boater Education Card must carry the card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by an enforcement officer.

Penalty: Not carrying your Boater Education Card when one is required can result in a fine.

Is the Boating Card the same as the Boating License?

The Boating Safety Education Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all of the components of an approved Boating safety course and allows you to go boating. Because the Boating education card or certificate does not expire and does not need to be renewed, it is not called the Utah Boating License.

Even if not required by law to get the Utah boating education card, many boaters take the boat safety course in order to save on their PWC or boat insurance.

Do your part to make boating in Utah an enjoyable pastime! Become an educated, responsible boater by completing the Boat Utah course, and practice what you learn.

Reciprocity

All states, territories, and provinces will recognize boating education cards that meet NASBLA requirements and Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Cards that meet Transport Canada’s requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Utah Boating students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions