Minors, Powerboats Personal Watercraft
[Table 2.5]

 

State

Does your state require an adult to be on board when a minor is operating a motor-powered vessel other than a PWC?

Other, please specify

Does your state require an adult to be on board when a minor is operating a PWC?

Other, please specify

Alabama

Other, please specify 

12 and 13 year olds must have an adult onboard 

Other, please specify 

12 and 13 year olds must have an adult onboard 

Alaska

No 

 

No 

 

American Samoa

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Arizona

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Arkansas

Other, please specify 

Under 12(10hp or more)direct visible&audible-17yr 

Other, please specify 

12 or 13 yrs have to have 18yr old, under 12 - 21y 

Australia

 

 

 

 

British Columbia

 

 

 

 

California

Yes 

Applies 12-15 y.o. operating vessel with +15 h.p. 

Yes 

See number 20 above 

Colorado

No 

 

No 

 

Connecticut

Other, please specify 

12 and older can operate alone 

Other, please specify 

If under 16 and certified 

Delaware

No 

 

Yes 

 

District of Columbia

Other, please specify 

Only if they have passed the Boating Safety Course 

No 

 

Florida

No 

 

No 

 

Georgia

Other, please specify 

12 to 15 if they have not completed the course 

Other, please specify 

12 to 15 if they have not completed the course 

Guam

No 

 

No 

 

Hawaii

No 

 

No 

 

Idaho

No 

 

No 

 

Illinois

Other, please specify  

if under 12 yr. or if not safety certified  

Other, please specify 

if under 12 yr. or if not safety certified  

Indiana

Other, please specify 

Not if licensed and or meet requirements of 15 yr  

Other, please specify 

Same as #20 

Iowa

Other, please specify 

If they do not have a certificate (age 12-17) 

Other, please specify 

If they do not have a certficate (age 12 -17) 

Kansas

Other, please specify 

Only if under the age of 12 

Anyone without boater education can operate a PWC if an adult is on board.  

 

Kentucky

Other, please specify 

Yes - unless minor has completed boater ed course 

If they have passed an approved course, they don't need the adult. 

Yes- unless minor has completed boater ed course 

Louisiana

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Maine

Other, please specify 

boat with more than 10 hp, if operater under 12-Person under 12 must be supervised by 16 year old. 

Other, please specify 

A person between 16 & 18 years of age may operate a PWC if they are accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older. 

Manitoba (Canada)

 

 

 

 

Maryland

No 

 

Other, please specify 

Must be at least 16 years of age to operate a PWC 

Massachusetts

Other, please specify 

MInors under 16 yoa, prohibited from operating. 

 

 

Michigan

Other, please specify 

See answer 11 

Other, please specify 

For 13 and 14 yr. olds 

Minnesota

Other, please specify 

If the child doesn't have a permit and HP over 25  

Other, please specify 

Adult must be on board if child 13+ has no permit 

Mississippi

Other, please specify 

Under 12 Years of age. 12 & up must have course 

No 

 

Missouri

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Montana

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Nebraska

No 

 

No 

 

Nevada

No 

 

No 

 

New Hampshire

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

New Jersey

No 

 

Other, please specify 

PWC minimum age is 16 + boat safty cert, no adult  

New Mexico

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

New York

yes unless the youth has a boating safety certificate and between the ages of 10 and 18 

 

yes unless the youth has a boating safety certificate and is 14 years of age or older 

 

North Carolina

No 

 

Other, please specify 

No minor may operate under 14 years old. 14 to 16  

North Dakota

Other, please specify 

Not if minor 12-15 has passed state course 

Other, please specify 

Not if minor age 12-15 has passed state course 

Northern Mariana Islands

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Ohio

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Oklahoma

Other, please specify 

Yes- until operator reaches 16 years of age 

Other, please specify 

No requires visual supervis'n within 500yds <16YOA 

Ontario (Canada)

 

 

 

 

Oregon

Other, please specify 

yes, 12-15 and hp >10 

Other, please specify 

yes, see #20 

Pennsylvania

No 

 

No 

 

Puerto Rico

Yes 

 

Other, please specify 

with minor of 14 years 

Quebec (Canada)

 

 

 

 

Rhode Island

No 

 

No 

 

South Carolina

 

 

 

 

South Dakota

 

 

 

 

Tennessee

Other, please specify 

Unless boat has less than 8.5 HP 

Yes 

 

Texas

Yes  

 

Yes 

 

Utah

Other, please specify 

persons under 16 need on board supervisor 

Other, please specify 

yes, unless they have passed the PWC safety course 

Vermont

No 

 

No 

 

Virgin Islands

 

 

 

 

Virginia

No 

 

No 

 

Washington

Other, please specify 

minor must be 12 yoa and have a Boater Ed Card 

Other, please specify 

minor must be 14 yoa and have a Boater Ed Card 

West Virginia

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Wisconsin

Other, please specify 

If over 10 YOA and doesn't have a certificate 

No 

 

Wyoming

Yes 

 

Yes