Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Requirements

All personal watercraft operators over the age of 12 are required to carry the Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificate when operating on state waters. Additionally, any person born on or after January 1, 1982 must carry the safety certificate if they operate a vessel over 25hp on state waters.

Age Restrictions

  • No one under the age of 12 may operate any personal watercraft (PWC) on Pennsylvania State Waters.
  • PWC operators between the ages of 12 and 15 may not rent a PWC, nor may they carry any passenger under the age of 16
  • No one under the age of 12 may operate any motorboat that is over 25 horsepower.
  • Children under the age of 13 must wear a properly fitted Personal Flotation Device (life jacket) when onboard any powered vessel under 20 feet in length as well as any canoe or kayak.

Important Note

The online boating safety course covers a wide range of operating laws in Pennsylvania. For a complete listing of Pennsylvania's boat operating rules and regulations, please consult Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission website at

Pennsylvania Boating License or Boating Safety there a difference?

The boater education card is proof that you have successfully completed a boating safety course. The boater education card does not expire and does not need to be renewed. Therefore, it is NOT a Pennsylvania Boating License!