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Boating Safety

Operators born on or after May 1, 1996 must have a boating safety certificate and be at least 10 years of age. A boating safety course can be completed online, see for more information.

Life Jackets

Life jackets must be worn by:

  • Children under the age of 12 aboard pleasure vessels less than 65 feet in length, canoes, kayaks or rowboats unless in a totally enclosed cabin
  • Everyone being towed (wakeboarding, water skiing, tubing, etc.)
  • Everyone aboard pleasure vessels less than 21 feet in length, including rowboats, canoes, and kayaks, while underway between November 1st and May 1st

• Everyone aboard a PWC

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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