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Can my child operate a personal watercraft or motorboat?

  • State regulations require that the operator of a personal watercraft be 14 years of age or older and have a Boating Safety Education Card. There is no other age requirement in state law, BUT several counties do have age restrictions for motorized vessels.
  • Beginning January 1, 2008, boat operators 12 years  and older will be required to have successfully passed an approved boating safety examination and carry a Boating Safety Education Card when operating a vessel 15 horsepower or greater.
  • See the Washington Online Boating Safety Course and Exam website for more information.


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24th of May, 2011

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