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It is illegal for a parent or guardian to allow a child to operate a vessel in violation of the requirements below.

  • A person under the age of 10 may not operate a motorboat.
  • A person 10 or 11 years old may operate a motorboat only if accompanied by a parent, a guardian, or a person at least 18 years old who is designated by the parent or guardian.
  • A person 12-15 years old may operate a motorboat only if:
    • He or she is accompanied by a parent, a guardian, or a person at least 18 years old who is designated by the parent or guardian or …
    • He or she has completed a boating safety course that is accepted by the Wisconsin DNR.
  • A person at least 16 years old may operate a motorboat only if he or she has completed a boating safety course that is accepted by the Wisconsin DNR. A person born before January 1, 1989, is exempt from the safety course requirement.
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