In Virginia, all motorboat operators with a 10 hp motor or greater, regardless of age
All PWC (personal watercraft e.g. a Jet ski, Sea Doo) operators need to take a boating safety course.
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All Motorboat operators with a 10 hp or greater motor, regardless of age
All PWC (Personal WaterCraft such as jet skis, Sea Doos) operators need to take a boating safety course.
You are not required to have a state driver's license in order to obtain a boater education card.
Registrations are required for every recreational boat in Virginia, including powerboats, sailboats, jet skis, canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and inflatable boats. Where do I register a motorized boat in Virginia? Do I have to register a canoe? How do I renew it? Are there any fees? When you register your boat in Virginia, what will you receive as proof?
Yes. All states that require boater education certification will recognize the Virginia Boat Operator's Certificate, due to a NASBLA-approved course reciprocity for non-residents.
For a PWC, the minimum operator age continues to be age 16, except those 14 or 15 year olds who have completed and passed a course can operate. This has been the law since 1999 and has not changed.
For a motorboat, there continues to be no minimum operator age.
No age limit as long as they can pass the test. However, it is fairly difficult for youngsters under the age of about 12 to complete and pass a course. Remember though that youngsters can operate a boat under onboard direct supervision of a person who meets the boating safety education requirement.
To operate a PWC / jet ski in Virginia, everyone must be able to prove they have successfully completed an approved boating safety course
According to Virginia boating laws, every vessel must carry one wearable USCG-approved PFD for each person on board. In ADDITION, at least 1 USCG approved Type IV (ring buoy or seat cushion) is required on all recreational boats 16 feet or greater except for:
If you've received a plastic, wallet-size Boater Education Card / Certificate from Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries you can receive a replacement as long as they can locate you in their database. You must fill out this application.
A Boating License is not the same as the Virginia Boater's Card. To operate a motorboat on the Virginia waters you need to take a NASBLA approved Boating Safety Course and obtain the Lifetime Virginia Boater's Card.
Forever - they do not expire.
Only $29.95 (online course, final test and online certificate included).