Age and Boating Education Requirements
All persons born after January 1, 1974, must successfully complete an approved boating safety education course to operate any motorized vessel legally (this includes personal watercraft).
- The boating safety education course must be approved by the Vermont State Police.
- Those successfully completing a course are issued a certificate by the Vermont State Police, which is valid for the student’s lifetime.
- Those younger than 12 years of age but older than 10 years of age must take a classroom course.
- Persons required to have completed the course must carry the course certificate on board when operating a motorized vessel.
No one under 12 years of age may legally operate any vessel powered by a motor of more than 6 horsepower, even if the person has successfully completed a boating safety education course.
No one under 16 years of age may legally operate a personal watercraft (PWC), even if the person has successfully completed a boating safety education course.