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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.

Boating Safety Education Certificate
Boating Safety Education Certificate
Operators required to have a boating safety education certificate must carry it on board the vessel.