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Youth between 12 and 15 years of age are required to complete an approved classroom-based boating safety course and have a boating safety certificate to operate a motorized boat without adult supervision.

Personal watercraft users who are 16 or 17 years old must also complete a boat safety classroom course to legally operate a PWC.Start the free study guide.

NOTE: This online study guide will help you prepare for the mandatory classroom course. Completing this study guide is not a substitute for taking the classroom course.

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