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Kentucky Boater Education Card requirements

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To operate a motorized vessel greater than 10 hp, persons aged 12 to 17 years must possess a Kentucky Safe Boating Card or a certificate proving successful completion of a NASBLA-approved boater education course.

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Chapter 1

Boating safety course introduction

  • Mandatory boater education
  • Boating terminology
  • Registration & Titling
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Chapter 2

Boating Equipment

  • Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
  • Navigation light equipment
  • Other recommended equipment
Chapter 3

Trip Planning and Preparation

  • Pre-departure checklist
  • Launching & Retrieving a boat from the water
  • Boat preventive maintenance
Chapter 4

Safe Boat Operation

  • Operator responsibilities
  • Navigation rules
  • U.S. Aids to navigation system
Chapter 5

Getting Underway

  • Docking & Undocking
  • Procedures for anchoring
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
Chapter 6

Emergency Preparedness

  • Boating accidents
  • Surviving in cold water
  • Rendering assistance - Accident report
Chapter 7

Other Water Activities

  • Small boats - Special dangers
  • Water skiing & towed devices
  • Water-Jet Propelled Watercraft (PWC)

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  • The boating exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions.

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FAQ - Boating in Kentucky

Do I need a boating safety education certificate to operate a watercraft in Kentucky?

To operate a personal watercraft or motorboat over 10 horsepower, children 12 through 17 years of age must possess a NASBLA-approved Safe Boating Certification.

What are the age restrictions to operate a motor boat in Kentucky?
  • A person must be 12 years of age or older to operate a motorboat of 10 horsepower or over, including personal watercraft (PWC), on Kentucky public waters.

  • A person 12 - 17 years old may not operate a motorboat on public waters unless that person carries a Kentucky Safe Boating Certificate Card or a certificate proving successful completion of a NASBLA-approved boater education course.

What form(s) of identification does an operator have to carry on board?

Children 12 through 17 years of age must carry a NASBLA-approved Safe Boating Certificate of completion.

Is Kentucky boating education certificate accepted in other states?

The NASBLA-approved Safe Boating Certification is honored in most states in the country unless that state that does not have an education reciprocity agreement with Kentucky. When you move to, or travel to a new state, it is your responsibility to check the law in that state.

How long are boating safety certificates valid in Kentucky?

Forever - they do not expire.

Why should I choose ACEBOATER.com?
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Do I need to register my boat in Kentucky?

To operate any mechanically powered vessel on Kentucky waters it must be registered and display valid registration decals. Boat registrations are valid for one year.

What are the jet-Ski (PWC) requirements in Kentucky?
  • All PWC operators, passengers, and anyone being towed must wear a USCG-approved Type I, II or III PFD at all times

  • PWC must be equipped with an emergency ignition safety switch or a self-circling feature

  • Operators of PWC equipped with an ignition safety switch must attach the engine shut off lanyard to his or her person, PFD, or clothing

  • PWC operation is only permitted during daylight hours (from sunrise to sunset)

What are the lifejacket (PFD) requirements in Kentucky?

Vessels may only be operated in or on Kentucky state waters if the vessel is carrying at least one US Coast Guard-approved wearable personal flotation device (PFD) in good condition that is readily available, approved for the appropriate activity, and of the correct size for every person aboard.

Are there age restrictions to operate a boat in Kentucky?

It is illegal for anyone under the age of 12 to operate any motorized vessel (including PWC) greater than 10 horsepower in Kentucky.

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