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​To operate a motorboat in the State of Michigan a Boater’s Safety Certificate is required for anyone born on or after July 1, 1996.  Boater’s Safety Certificates are required for persons 12-15 years of age who wish to operate a motorboat in Michigan and they must be under the direct supervision of a person who is 16 years of age or older.

A Boater’s Safety Certificate is also required for persons between 14 & 15 years of age who wish to operate personal watercraft (PWC). He or she must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or designated person at least 21 years of age.  Those at least 16 years of age and born after December 31, 1978 may operate a personal watercraft (PWC) only if they have obtained a valid Boater Safety Certificate. 

Anyone born on or before December 31, 1978 may operate a personal watercraft without restriction.

http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-324-80141

  

​People who need a boating safety certificate.

A boating safety certificate is required for persons 12-15 years of age to operate a motorboat.

A boating safety certificate is required to operate a personal watercraft (PWC) if the operator was born after December 31, 1978. The minimum age for PWC operators who obtain a boating safety certificate after Jan. 1, 1999 is 14 years of age. A Certificate is also required of any adult who will be supervising a child age 12 or 13 in the operation of a personal watercraft regardless of the age of the adult.

People of all ages who are interested in safe boating.

  
  • ​Safe operation of personal watercraft
  • Age requirements for operators of different types of watercraft
  • Equipment and registration requirements for different types of watercraft
  • Personal floatation devices: types and uses
  • The rules of the road for boaters
  

The class takes about 6 hours, depending on class size. Some classes are taught over a two day period (3 hours each day).

  
There is no cost, but pre-registration is required.  To register, refer to the instructions for the class you are interested in.
  

​Lost boater safety certificates can be obtained from the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources as long as you participated in a class held in the state of Michigan.  Visit this website:
 
https://secure1.state.mi.us/dupcertrequest/