Motorboat Age Requirements

  • No one under 10 years of age may operate a motorboat.Children aged 10 and 11, if accompanied by a parent or guardian, or a person at least 18 years of age designated by a parent or guardian, may operate a motorboat except PWC. “Accompanied” for the purposes of these regulations means ” aboard the same boat.”
  • Children aged 12-15 may operate a motorboat except PWC if accompanied by a parent or guardian, or a person at least 18 years of age designated by a parent or guardian. Without accompaniment, children 12-15 must have successfully completed a DNR Boating Safety Course and possess a valid Certificate issued by the DNR of Wisconsin or another state to operate a motorboat.
  • Anyone born on or after 1-1-89 must complete a DNR Boating Safety Course and be in possession of a valid DNR Boating Safety Certificate from WI or equivalent from another state or Canadian province to operate a motorboat.
  • Parents or guardians are punishable by law for allowing unauthorized persons to operate a motorboat!